GrooveFunnels Review – Is It Worth Your Time?

My GrooveFunnels Review

In the world of funnel builders, GrooveFunnels is the new kid on the block.

Promising to be an all-in-one business and marketing suite capable of handling the work-load of any online business, GrooveFunnels has set itself a lot to live up to.

Fortunately, there is an impressive team of well-known and highly successful marketers and entrepreneurs behind the platform, led by the CEO, Mike Filsame.

If you haven’t heard of Mike, he’s the guy behind other massively successful software brands, including, WebinarJam, EverWebinar and Kartra.

If Mike and his team can make GrooveFunnels as good or better than the above mentioned brands, then Groove is set to be one of the new market leaders.

Bear in mind, GrooveFunnels is still in Beta and does not officially launch until October 2020. But, you can get in now on either the free Base account or get their GrooveFunnels lifetime deal, for a very limited time.

Just note that if you want to upgrade and get the Platinum account on the lifetime deal then you will first need to sign up for a free account and then upgrade from within your dashboard.

In this article, I’m gonna do a deep-dive on this new funnel building software extravaganza to give you the full picture of what it can do.


Things To Consider Before Buying a Funnel Builder

Before we dive into this GrooveFunnels review, I wanted to share a few key points that are important to look for before you buy a funnel builder.

  • Features

The first and most important thing to consider is, of course, the features.

You’re purchasing the funnel builder to essentially build your business, meaning it should at least meet your needs.

You should think about this, as the capability of the software you’re going to be using has a direct impact on your revenue.

Will the features help you to achieve your goals more easily?

Will the features help you to scale your business?

Do the features warrant the price?

  • Community

Something less obvious that I recommend you consider when is the community behind it. Believe it or not, this is quite important. Why?

First of all, you can always get help from members of the community. Secondly, it can open up networking opportunities with other business owners.

Even if networking isn’t something you’re interested in, it wouldn’t hurt having a group of fellow users available to you.

  • Pricing

Lastly, you also want to look at the pricing. Funnel builders can be costly, so make sure to choose one that is in your budget.

That being said, the price shouldn’t be your primary concern. If you’ve chosen a good funnel builder then the features should help you generate more revenue. If this is the case, then there isn’t any reason not to pay a little more compared to some cheaper alternatives.

What Is GrooveFunnels?

What is GrooveFunnels? An infographic explaining

GrooveFunnels is a relatively new funnel builder that is still evolving, but it is doing so at an incredibly fast rate.

Just like some of its competitors, GrooveFunnels aims to be an all-in-one marketing platform. Groove does this by taking a range of different SaaS tools that most businesses need, and combining them into one, convenient dashboard.

This is quite similar to the promise that ClickFunnels makes, but as you’ll see later on, GrooveFunnels has considerably more features.

What’s also intriguing about GrooveFunnels that most of the other funnel builders do not have, is a free plan.

Most of Groove’s competitors, including ClickFunnels, start their pricing around $97 per month.

Having a free plan is a great way for beginners to start using the software. It also gives people the chance to try it out to the point where they can actually get results with it, and not be limited by a trial period deadline.

I think this is one of the main reasons why GrooveFunnels has become the fastest-growing funnel building platform.

If you want to put this in perspective, Groove opened the doors on their Beta version in April 2020. In just 6 months they already have over 75,000 members, and they are officially due to launch in October 2020.

This is even more impressive when you realize that one of the market leaders, ClickFunnels, first launched in 2014, and they now currently have around 120,000 users.

Who Is GrooveFunnels For?

GrooveFunnels has such a long list of features that will appeal to almost any type of online business.

While the software suite can certainly be used by pretty much any business that has a presence online, the main target audience of this product are:

  • E-commerce Stores
  • Agencies
  • Marketers
  • Affiliates
  • Service businesses
  • Info-product vendors
  • Brick and mortar businesses

If you’re looking to increase your sales, stay connected with your customers, scale your business revenue, and be part of a like-minded community, then this platform might be a good fit for you.

Who Created GrooveFunnels?

Founding members

The four founding members of this platform are:

  • Mike Filsaime (CEO & Co-founder)
  • John Cornetta (President)
  • Mattijs Naus (CTO)
  • Matt Serralta (COO)

Mike Filsaime

Mike Filsaime has worked on some very successful projects like WebinarJam, EverWebinar, and Kartra and is the CEO of GrooveDigital.

John Cornetta

John Cornetta has run several successful e-commerce stores that do over $300,000 per month. He also works on a lot of the educational material which we’ll talk about later on in this review.

Mattjis Naus

Mattjis Naus is a world-class software developer and the main person behind the technical parts of this company.

Matt Seralta

Matt Seralta is the Architect behind GrooveKart which is an E-commerce platform included with GrooveFunnels. I’ll go into more detail on this later on as well.

What Do You Get With GrooveFunnels?

With GrooveFunnels, you get more features currently than with any other funnel builder on the market.

Here’s what’s included:

  • GroovePages
  • GrooveSell
  • GrooveMember
  • GrooveAffiliate
  • GrooveMail
  • GrooveBlog
  • GrooveQuiz
  • GrooveKart
  • GrooveVideo
  • GrooveWebinars
  • GrooveDesk
  • GrooveCalendar
  • GrooveSurvey
  • GroovePages – For Shopify
  • GrooveFunnels Support & Training
  • GrooveFunnels Community

GrooveFunnels Features

As you can see from the above list, GrooveFunnels completely raises the standard in terms of features offered.

Before we take a closer look at the features, I would like to point out that not all of the features are currently available. Some are due to go live later on in 2020.

The apps that are still to roll out are as follows:

  • GrooveWebinars
  • GrooveBlog
  • GrooveCalendar
  • GrooveDesk
  • GrooveQuiz
  • GrooveSurvey

Everything else is already available inside of the platform now.

When I first heard that there are still a few features that are not yet live, and looking at the impressive list of features that they already have, I did have concerns if these additional apps would actually go live at all.

However, considering the people who are behind the software, I do have confidence that they will live up to their promises, and will actually be able to deliver. Afterall, these guys have proven track records for creating successful software products, and, of course, their reputations are also on the line!

Mike Filsaime was behind Kartra, WebinarJam, and EverWebinar which are also great platforms that have brought people a lot of success in their businesses.

Anyways, let’s now take a closer look at each of the features.

GroovePages

GroovePages Templates

The first core feature is GroovePages, which is the page builder application.

When you first get inside GroovePages, one of the first things you will notice is that it comes with a variety of good-looking templates that you can use.

After a little play around, I was pleased to see that you can easily customize these templates through your drag and drop editor.

GroovePages and Page Load Speed

Something I particularly like about landing pages built with Groove is that they actually load pretty quickly. This is because they are uploaded to the web as an HTML file.

For this reason, the pages you create will load faster than if you were using other platforms like Kartra or ClickFunnels. 

This feature alone can actually make a big difference for your business for two reasons.

Firstly, if your pages load fast then your potential customers will not get frustrated waiting for your pages to render and decide to leave your site.

Secondly, earlier in 2020, Google made page load speed a core part of their algorithm. This meant that slow-loading pages actually started to see a demotion in organic search rankings.

Since sites built with GroovePages can rank in Google, you will stand a much better chance of reaching the top of the search results.

Impressively, you can use GroovePages to create a fully functional website complete with checkout options, or just a simple squeeze page.

If you are on the paid plan, you can create unlimited pages and sell unlimited products, while the free plan has a limit of 3 for each.

That being said, you can still connect custom domains, even on the free plan which is pretty nice too.

This feature combined with GrooveSell also lets you create:

  • One-click Order bumps
  • One-click Upsells
  • One-click Downsells
a GroovePages website

Features like these help you increase your conversions significantly, as they make it much easier for your customer to purchase additional products.

If you think about why big companies like Amazon are so successful, it’s because they make everything as convenient as possible for their customers.

Using the one-click order bumps upsells and downsells you can do something similar to help you generate even more sales.

With beautiful templates, fast loading pages, and an easy to use editor, GroovePages gives you pretty much everything you need to maximize your conversions.

Plus, the fact that this feature is available for free is pretty crazy when you consider the pricing of other tools.

I would say that GroovePages alone is quite comparable to Unbounce, which starts at $80 per month.


Fun fact: You can connect more custom domains with the free version of GroovePages, than the $80 per month plan of Unbounce.


GrooveSell

The GrooveSell Dashboard

GrooveSell is another big feature that this platform has to offer. It’s a sales and affiliate platform that you can use to process payments and create checkouts.

As I mentioned in the GroovePage description, these features go hand in hand. One lets you build your pages, the other lets you sell your products.

GrooveSell also has very nice analytics which shows you the following:

  • Profit
  • Net profit
  • Revenue
  • Initial Sales
  • Rebills
  • Commissions (If affiliate)
  • Projected Sales
  • And more

Just like GroovePages, this feature is also available in the free plan. However, this may change in the future which is why you’re probably best to sign up for GrooveFunnels now if you are thinking to do so.

Besides the analytics, you can also connect a variety of 3rd party payment processors like Stripe or Paypal without any additional fees.

Alternatively, you can also use their payment processor, GroovePay which stands as its own entity and isn’t a part of GrooveFunnels. However, they work well with each other, as both are created by the same company.

GrooveMember

GrooveMember is another great feature that this software has to offer, as it lets you build your membership site.

Like the other features, inside of Groove, it doesn’t disappoint.

It’s pretty much like any other membership site builder, such as Thinkific and Kajabi.

GrooveMember has:

  • Different levels of access for your members
  • Drip-feed content options
  • Ability to create free and paid courses

Just like everything else inside of this software, GrooveMember is constantly evolving. It is also set to have certification options available, once it is fully developed. Still, even now it can compete with other membership site platforms.

And, if you for some reason, you don’t want to use GrooveMember, it will also natively integrate with all the most popular membership site platforms on the market.

GrooveAffiliate

Similar to the ClickBank marketplace, GrooveAffiliate is a marketplace that all the Groove users will have access to. It is known as the GrooveMarket.

With this also comes the affiliate management, so you can use it to recruit affiliates, track their stats, and even pay them directly from the same dashboard as all your other apps.

Again, it’s pretty nice having your affiliate management platform, in the same dashboard as everything else. It makes managing your business convenient and allows you to run everything smoothly using just one piece of software.

GrooveMail

If you run any type of online business, you’ll know how important email marketing is.

GrooveMail removes any need for an external autoresponder and helps you follow up with your list to make more sales.

How good is it?

At the moment, the Groove email feature is still in beta, but the folks behind this software solution are aiming for it to be on par with other well-known services such as ActiveCampaign and the GetResponse autoresponder.

Until that time though, we will have to wait and see.

Once it fully rolls out, it is supposed to have comprehensive automation features, tagging, email templates, and even SMS gateway functionality.

You’ll be able to use an extensive number of triggers, or “conditional splits” as they are called inside of GrooveMail. And, there are also several tagging options available.

As of right now, the full list of triggers is not yet available, but they will be in the coming months, which I am looking forward to seeing.

There are basic triggers that you can use already such as:

  • If lead is subscribed
  • If lead is not subscribed
  • If lead has tag
  • If lead doesn’t have tag

But, GrooveFunnels say there will be many more triggers coming to allow for advanced automation sequences.

However, GrooveMail is one of the latest additions to the platform. It only just launched in September 2020, so it still has a little way to go in its development.

GrooveBlog

GrooveBlog is the blogging platform that will allow you to run a responsive blog that will also be Google-friendly.

It’s probably going to be fairly basic in comparison to WordPress, but if you only need a simple blogging platform then it might be all you need.

If you need something more advanced, or if you already have an active blog set up on WordPress then GrooveFunnels will also integrate directly with this popular content management system.

That aside, GrooveBlog is there if you want to run a blog from within your Groove dashboard and you don’t need all the bells and whistles that WordPress provides.

For example, if you have an agency or coaching website, you might decide that a blog should be part of your strategy.

This is where you can use this feature to start a blog. The pages created with GrooveBlog will be SEO-friendly, fast-loading, and fully customizable.

Even though it won’t have anywhere near as many plugin options that WordPress does, Mike Filsaime has announced that there will be a plugin store like the one WordPress has where 3rd party developers can upload their plugins.

This, therefore, may also provide a unique opportunity for developers to create and sell plugins on the Groove platform and earn additional revenue. However, I am just speculating about that.

That being said, it will take years of development to reach the level of WordPress. It’s a nice feature that most other funnel builders don’t have, nonetheless.

GrooveQuiz

The next feature is GrooveQuiz, which as the name suggests lets you quiz your audience.

Quizzes are a great way for you to engage your audience and lead them through a sales process.

The ability to use quizzes will also help you to gather valuable information about your customers to help you serve them better, and ultimately for you to make more money.

GrooveKart

GrooveKart is a stand alone E-commerce platform that is comparable with Shopify. The main difference is that it has the most popular Shopify apps included… for free.

If you’re a Shopify user then you will know that this can save you hundreds of dollars on additional apps that you will no longer need to pay for.

Although on the official GrooveKart website, the use of this platform starts at $99 per month or $497 per year, you can actually get free access to it with the paid membership of GrooveFunnels.

If you are into E-commerce, this is an absolute steal when you consider the pricing of some of their competitors like Shopify.

It also has a range of unique options for Print-on-demand and shipping that would normally cost additional fees with any other platform.

If you want to see GrooveKart in action then check out the video below.

GrooveVideo

Most online businesses nowadays will need to use videos. Whether it’s a video sales letter on your landing page, or you need to create lots of videos for a paid membership area, ordinarily, video hosting costs can soon add up.

One alternative is to host your videos for free on YouTube. However, the problem with this is, if a site visitor clicks one of your videos then they will leave your landing page and be taken to YouTube.

If this happens then you’ve potentially lost the sale.

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This is why a lot of marketers pay for a video hosting service like Wistia. However, this can set you back an additional $99 per month.

However, GrooveVideo lets you host all your videos inside your account, for free.

It’s another feature that will save you thousands of dollars in annual fees.

GrooveWebinars

GrooveWebinars is the webinar feature of the all-in-one tool.

The Groove team have aimed to make GrooveWebinars on par with both WebinarJam (live webinar software) and Everwebinar (pre-recorded webinar app).

Given that Mike Filsaime was also a founding member of the two webinar platforms named above, I think we can also expect this feature to be pretty damn good.

GrooveDesk

Another feature I particularly like is GrooveDesk, which is Groove’s support desk app.

Good customer support is critical to an online business, especially if your business model involves selling your own products.

If you need to use a support desk then GrooveDesk will save you hundreds of dollars on a 3rd party support app like ZenDesk.

Since GrooveDesk is located in the same place as GrooveSell, you can directly, and easily manage sales actions like refunds, from the same dashboard which is always nice.

GrooveCalendar

GrooveCalendar is a calendar app that is similar to Calendly.

This app lets you book appointments with your clients, collect payments (through GrooveSell), and manage all your meetings in one place.

Again, having this feature inside of the whole Groove eco-system is also cool as it eliminates the need to use dozens of different software applications.

GrooveSurvey

This feature allows you to send surveys to your audience and collect valuable data from them.

Running surveys will help you get a deeper understanding of the problems our audience is facing, what exactly they are looking for, and even what they think of your business!

You can then tailor your products to solve these problems and increase your conversions.

You’ll be able to run surveys as separate pages which you can send via email, or combine with anything you build in Groove.

GroovePages For Shopify

Something that I find quite cool is that you can also integrate GroovePages with Shopify using a separate app.

This could be useful if you already have a successful E-commerce store on Shopify and don’t want to move it.

When you buy GrooveFunnels, you get access to this app for free, in case you have a store that you don’t want to move to GrooveKart.

GrooveFunnels Support and GrooveAcademy

GrooveFunnels also comes with fantastic support and the GrooveAcademy.

In terms of support, it has:

  • Live Chat Support
  • Email Support
  • Ticketing Support
  • 193+ articles

The only thing that might be missing is phone support, but other than that it has everything.

Besides the help and support that GrooveFunnels offer, you also get access to a considerable amount of training material from Mike Filsaime and John Cornetta themselves.

The cool thing about this is that they don’t only teach you how to use Groove. These expert and highly seasoned marketers also teach you how to get traffic and improve your conversions.

This is pretty awesome, as it’s something that a lot of people struggle with, especially beginners.

So, with Groove, you aren’t just getting an all-in-one funnel builder and business marketing tool. You also get free access to courses and knowledge that is worth thousands.

GrooveFunnels also hold regular webinars to help you get the most out of the platform.

GrooveCommunity

Last but not least, one of my favorite things about Groove is the community behind it.

The Facebook group has over 100,000 active members which also include Groove developers, Mike Filsaime, John Cornetta, and the other founding members as well.

This is great because you will be able to tap into a large group of like-minded people who can help and support you on your journey if you need it.

If you have questions about the platform, you can ask people in the group and they will be happy to help you out. You can also ask for tips on funnel building and marketing if you are looking for extra insight.

GrooveFunnels Pricing

GrooveFunnels have 4 pricing plans.

As I mentioned earlier, GrooveFunnels are one of the only funnel builders to offer a free plan.

Here is the pricing for each plan:

  • Groove Base – Free
  • Groove Silver – $99 per month
  • Groove Gold – $199 per month
  • Groove Platinum $299 per month

Below is a screenshot of the 4 pricing plans, and what you get with each.

The GrooveFunnels pricing list

From the pricing table above, you will see that you get 20% recurring commissions if you are promoting GrooveFunnels as an affiliate and you are on either the Base, Silver or Gold plan.

If you are on the platinum plan you will get 40% recurring commission as well as an additional 10% tier 2 commission.

GrooveFunnels Lifetime Deal

Depending on when you are seeing this review, there might still be time for you to get the GrooveFunnels lifetime deal.

If you’re interested in Groove then this is a great offer.

If you go for the lifetime deal, you will get full access to the Platinum level account for life as well as any upgrades and additions that are made to the software for a one time payment of $1397.

This is a special promotional deal and is only available until GrooveFunnels officially launches in October 2020.

To check whether The lifetime deal is still available, just follow these steps:

  • Step 1: Join GrooveFunnels for free here (No credit card required)
  • Step 2: In your dashboard, hit “upgrade”
  • Step 3: Scroll through the page to see any available deals

This deal is meant to stop early October, so if this option is still available when you are reading this, I highly recommend you consider it if you would like to have access to a funnel builder and the above listed features.

To put all this in perspective, below is a comparison table of how much all the GrooveApps would cost if you were to pay for them separately.


The Features List

GrooveFunnels Pros and Cons

Like any other funnel builder out there, there will, of course, be some pros and cons to the platform.

Hopefully, if the platform’s good then there’ll be more pros than cons!

Here is my pros and cons list for GrooveFunnels:

Pros

  • Easy to use platform
  • Lots of very useful features
  • All-in-one business tool
  • Can integrate with a huge number of other software applications
  • Will help you save money on 3rd party services
  • You can track everything from the same dashboard
  • You can manage everything from the same dashboard
  • GrooveFunnels is helpful for a variety of business models
  • They have a free plan
  • They have a lifetime deal (only available until October 2020)
  • Has a rockstar team of highly successful and well-known marketers behind the brand
  • Training provided

Cons

  • Still in beta (at the time of writing this article – Official launch 2nd Oct 2020)
  • Some tools are not available yet
  • There’s a bit of a learning curve

What Others Say About GrooveFunnels

As you may have seen throughout this GrooveFunnels review, the platform is pretty awesome.

But you shouldn’t just take my word for it, so I searched the internet to see if I could find both good and bad GrooveFunnels reviews. Here is what I found.

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GrooveFunnels FAQ’s

Q – How Long Is The GrooveFunnels Lifetime Deal Available For?

Answer: The GrooveFunnels lifetime deal is a special offer that is available up until the official launch in early October 2020.

The lifetime deal will give you full access to GrooveFunnels’ Platinum account for life for a one-time payment of $1,397. This deal also includes all future upgrades and additions to the platform.

Q – Is There A GrooveFunnels discount or Coupon Code?

Answer: Not at the moment. Currently, you have the option to get a free Base account or take advantage of the lifetime deal.

Q – Does GrooveFunnels Provide Free Hosting?

Answer: Yes, GrooveFunnels will host all of your funnels, landing pages, and videos for free. You get an unlimited amount of storage and bandwidth.

Q – Is There A Limit To The Number Of Custom Domains?

Answer: No, you can have an unlimited number of custom domains associated with your account.

Q – Can I Share Funnels With GrooveFunnels

Answer: Yes, you can share any of the funnels in your account with any other user. This is similar to the share funnel feature in ClickFunnels.

Q – Does GrooveFunnels Support A/B Testing?

Answer: Yes, you can run A/B split tests on any of your pages in your account.

Q – Does GrooveFunnels Integrate With Other Autoresponders?

Answer: Yes, GrooveFunnels is fully compatible with most of the leading autoresponder platforms including Aweber, ActiveCampaign, GetResponse, and more.

Q – Can I Request Feature Additions?

Answer: Yes, if you would like to make a feature suggestion then you can submit your requests here https://feedback.grooveapps.com.

Q – Is There a GrooveFunnels Affiliate Program?

Answer: Yes, GrooveFunnels have a great affiliate program. If you have a free Base, Silver, or Gold account then you will receive 20% recurring commissions on every active referral who signs up through your link.

If you have a Platinum account then you will receive 40% recurring commissions as well as an additional 10% on tier two affiliate referrals.

Q – Where Can I Get GrooveFunnels?

Answer: To get a GrooveFunnels account you first need to sign up for a free account here. Then, you can upgrade to a paid account at any time from within your dashboard.


GrooveFunnels Alternatives

After reading this GrooveFunnels review, you might have found that GrooveFunnels is or isn’t for you. Either way, I would like to show you 3 alternatives that may be better for you.

ClickFunnels

ClickFunnels is probably the most popular alternative. It has over 120,000 customers who love its ease of use, its features, and its vibrant community.

The features don’t quite stack up like GrooveFunnels’ do, but they do have:

  • Funnel/Page building features
  • Membership sites
  • Email automation
  • Affiliate management
  • Extensive marketing training

These are the core features, but it also has a lot of education material and a big community behind it. If you’re looking for a more finished product, instead of one which is still being developed, ClickFunnels could be a good choice for you.

You can try ClickFunnels free for 14 days here.


Kartra

Probably the closest comparable product to GrooveFunnels on the market, Kartra is another all-in-one marketing platform. It promises to have all the SaaS tools you need in one convenient place.

Mike Filsaime was also a founder of this software product but left it to create GrooveFunnels.

Just like ClickFunnels, it’s a bit more of a finished product, meaning you won’t be waiting for any features.

That being said, it doesn’t quite have as many features as GrooveFunnels will have, once it’s fully developed.

Some people say they prefer Kartra, others say that GrooveFunnels is an improved version of it.

Something cool about Kartra though, is that every pricing plan has all features available (apart from the Agency feature), so you can enjoy all of them, no matter which pricing plan you’re on.

The main differences between Kartra and GrooveFunnels as of right now are:

  • Kartra has better marketing automation (as of right now)
  • All Kartra’s features are fully developed
  • GrooveFunnels has faster-loading pages
  • GrooveFunnels has more features

If you would like to try it out, you can get a 14-day Kartra trial for $1.


SamCart

The final alternative you may also prefer is SamCart.

SamCart is a lot more focused on checkouts as the name may suggest. It has a page builder too, but it doesn’t have all the other features that GrooveFunnels has.

Although it does win in terms of analytics and, of course, the shopping cart features, it does lack in a lot of other areas when compared to Groove.

We took an in-depth look at this platform recently so if you would like more info about it then you can check out our SamCart review here.

Alternatively, if you want to take it for a test spin, you can get a SamCart free trial here.


Final Thoughts

As necessary as they are nowadays for online businesses, SaaS tools can get pretty expensive.

As we saw in the comparison earlier, you could burn through thousands of dollars per year. With GrooveFunnels, you get access to pretty much everything you need to build a profitable online business for much less than it would usually cost.

However, bear in mind that GrooveFunnels is still in beta, and some of the features are still yet to be made available.

Personally, I do think it is worth investing in GrooveFunnels, but I would recommend you try the free version first to see if you like it.

If you then decide that GrooveFunnels is right for you, then I highly recommend trying to upgrade to the lifetime deal as this will save you thousands of dollars over the months and years to come.

If you would like to check out Groove for yourself, you can click here to join the free version. If you would like to upgrade, you can once you are inside.


Disclaimer: Please be aware that I may receive commissions when you click some of the links in this article and then decide to make a purchase. If you do follow one of my links and purchase a product, thanks! It means a lot to me, and any commissions I do make from this blog enables me to continue to provide you with all this awesome, free content. However, any commissions I do receive does not affect my reviews and comparisons. If I think a product is sub-standard I will either say so in the article or I will not feature it on my blog. I try my best to keep things fair and balanced, in order to help you make the best choice for you.

GetResponse Review – Is This Autoresponder Worth It?

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GetResponse is one of the most popular pieces of email marketing software out there.

It goes without saying, there’s quite a bit of hype about it.

I personally also use to use GetResponse several years ago. I didn’t have a problem with it, but I moved away as I needed a more cost-effective solution at the time.

Interestingly, GetResponse have not only added more features to their service, they’ve also re-adjusted their pricing, and it is now far more competitive that it was when I use to use it.

This got me curious…

How can they ADD more tools, and reduce the entry price?

If you have some experience working online yourself as an affiliate, you’ll know that it can be quite hard to find the right autoresponder.

While some have powerful features but aren’t affiliate marketing-friendly, others just don’t perform well.

It can be quite a task to find an autoresponder that can provide everything you need, be easy to use, AND have great deliverability rates.

As you’ll see later in this GetResponse review though, it is by no means a platform only for affiliates. In fact, most GetResponse users are regular business owners. They just also happen to be affiliate-marketing friendly.

GetResponse Review Summary: GetResponse has evolved over the years and has now become much more than an autoresponder. It also offers a CRM, landing pages, and other marketing automation features like their conversion funnel feature. All of these features combine extremely well to help you build high-converting funnels and improve your online presence. Overall, GetResponse is a solid marketing tool.
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GetResponse: Pros and Cons

GetResponse Pros:

  • Powerful marketing automation
  • Exclusive features like the conversion funnel can’t be found anywhere else
  • Great support available in several languages
  • Incredibly easy to use – especially the visual automation builder
  • Long list of automation triggers
  • Affiliate-friendly
  • Free resources to help you get started
  • Comprehensive reporting
  • 30 Day Trial (No credit card required)
  • Good deliverability in most tests

GetResponse Cons:

  • Limit of 300 attendees on Webinars (1000 on custom/enterprise pricing)
  • Phone support only available on “Max” plan

What’s Unique About GetResponse?

GetResponse promises to be an all-in-one marketing solution for all kinds of businesses, large and small.

Compared to another market leader Mailchimp, it claims to have more advanced marketing automation features, as well as fairer pricing and more flexibility.

Interestingly, GetResponse has avoided being pigeonholed as “just another autoresponder”, by providing additional features like their conversion funnels and hosted webinars, which I will go into more detail on later in this article.

It can help you to do a lot more than just build an email list.

From my own experience using GetResponse, I also found it very easy to use, which is a big plus in my book.

Who Is GetResponse Best For?

GetResponse serves businesses in a huge number of categories. However, it seems that a lot of people from the following industries are drawn to GetResponse:

  • Agencies
  • Affiliate marketers
  • Ecommerce businesses
  • Content creators
  • Info-product sellers
  • Service-based businesses

The reason it works so well for all of these businesses is that it allows them to stay connected with their customers. All industries benefit from staying connected with people who have previously purchased from them, as it helps them generate repeat sales.

GetResponse helps its users do this with its advanced automation and CRM features.

Plus, nowadays, GetResponse also helps its customers much more with front-end tasks like collecting emails, for example, through their landing page feature.

To add the icing on the cake, it’s also very affordable and has great deliverability rates.

Who Is GetResponse Not For?

GetResponse can be used for a huge variety of online businesses. It would be quite hard to pick a type of business where GetResponse wouldn’t be a good fit, in my opinion.

What I will say is that, if you’re just looking to send broadcast emails, then there are probably more cost-effective solutions out there, like Aweber.

While you can send broadcast emails with GetResponse, I feel like paying for all the other features it has (even on the lowest plan) is not your best option, if you’re purely looking for the newsletter function only.

Ease of Use

GetResponse didn’t used to be as user-friendly as it is now.

They had a huge update to their user interface a few years ago, and since then the user dashboard has become much more easy to navigate.

The intuitive functioning that GetResponse provides means that you will be able to save time on tasks, and actually enjoy the process of working with the dashboard.

This is one thing I particularly like about GetResponse.

If you have a VA working for you and you want them to manage the email marketing side of your business, you should be able to train them pretty quickly on the tasks you need them to do.

“As an online entrepreneur, anything that will save use time always gets extra plus points!”

Creating Webforms & Landing Pages:

Creating web forms and landing pages with GetResponse is very easy and there isn’t really a learning curve at all.

It’s actually pretty self-explanatory and my cat could probably do it. Well, that’s just silly, but you get what I mean. It’s dead easy.

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The forms and landing pages can easily be edited with the drag and drop editor, meaning you can simply select the elements and change them to how you want them to look.

If there is one thing that could be a little easier it’s editing forms and landing pages in the mobile view.

I’m not sure if it’s just me, but when I edit the pages for mobiles, I find it a little harder to edit.

Adding Contacts

Adding contacts on GetResponse is also as easy as it gets.

You can add them manually by adding in the fields like name, email, etc. or you can simply upload a .csv file to bulk upload your contacts.

And of course, you can also collect emails using forms or landing pages which then automatically get added to the list you select.

Creating Automated Campaigns

Creating automation workflows with GetResponse is also easy, probably the easiest from all autoresponders I have used so far.

You select the trigger and drag the next steps into the campaign. There are even some templates available, so if those suit the goals of your campaign, you can use those too.

I find it quite fun and easy to build these from scratch as this way I have more control over my campaigns.

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List Segmentation

List segmentation is something that I also love about GetResponse.

Not only are the segmentation features extremely advanced, but they are also very easy to use.

You shouldn’t run into any trouble with list segmentation, as the features are quite easy to understand.

GetResponse Features & Benefits

GetResponse was originally just an autoresponder when it first launched in the very early 2000s.

Today, it’s more of an all-in-one marketing suite for businesses of all sizes.

They cover such a huge list of features that help marketers and entrepreneurs with various marketing tasks that are needed in most businesses.

Autoresponders

The first and probably one of the most basic features of GetResponse is the autoresponder.

It’s a basic autoresponder that lets you send emails on days of your choice after the lead has joined your email list.

Make sure that you are not confusing this feature with automation workflows though.

The autoresponder is the function that lets you send certain emails on days that you choose after the lead has joined your list. Automation workflows, on the other hand, let you segment your list based on the actions of your subscribers, but we’ll talk more about that in a moment.

GetResponse has both of these features anyway.

All you need to do is select an email template, write up the email, and choose the day on which you want the email sent. The process is quick and easy.

Marketing Automation

The second feature inside of GetResponse is a big one, marketing automation, and includes the following important features.

Automation Workflows

Let’s start with the email automation sequences or workflows.

GetResponse comes with a visual automation builder and a huge selection of triggers as we have discussed earlier.

You can build custom automation workflows that put your leads through sequences with custom emails.

There aren’t any limits on what types of sequences you can build and I have not found any type of trigger that is missing.

To give you an idea of some of the triggers, here are just some that you will find in GetResponse:

  • If visited page you configure using pixel
  • Purchased
  • If abandoned cart
  • If contact was added to pipeline
  • If link clicked, message opened, etc

There are many more as well, I just wanted to give you an idea of some of the triggers that you will find inside of GetResponse.

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CRM Automation

The automation workflows also combine well with the CRM, as using them together you can see exactly how close you are to converting your leads.

Using this tool inside of GetResponse you can also have a clear overview of your contacts and sales in your pipeline.

Of course, not everyone will need a tool like this, but it’s still nice to have the option available to you in case you ever need it.

It’s also nice that you won’t need an external piece of software, as you can manage your sales processes straight from your GetResponse dashboard.

You can also add notes to each lead which is pretty cool, as it can remind you of any special requirements for each lead.

And, you can also sort the importance or activate triggers based on the deal value which could be useful, as it allows you to only focus on the deals that matter the most.

Recap of GetResponse Marketing Automation

Overall, GetResponse has some pretty good marketing automation features.

Here’s a quick recap of what GetResponse marketing automation has to offer:

  • Advanced, yet easy to use automation workflows
  • Advanced Triggers
  • CRM with easy to use sales pipelines and automated tasks

GetResponse Email Templates

As you would probably expect from an autoresponder with the caliber of GetResponse, you also get some sweet email templates too.

GetResponse comes with a huge selection of templates, and by huge I mean… over 500 email templates. That’s the most I’ve ever come across in an autoresponder service.

The templates also have a nice variety and range, from templates tailored towards cooking, to B2B templates.

“The template selection does not disappoint, to say the least.”

Having said this, I often avoid using colorful templates with complex structures. These can sometimes have heavy picture HTML code which can cause the email to get syphoned into the promotions folder.

Of course, that is not always the case, but it is worth noting if you are going to use templates.

This is the case for all autoresponders by the way, not just GetResponse.

Analytics

GetResponse has comprehensive analytics, not just for the broadcasts, but also for pretty much any feature you can think of.

They also have this cool feature which allows you to track the ROI of an email.

I like this feature because it just saves so much time when counting the numbers of your email marketing campaigns.

Another thing that I like about the analytics of GetResponse is that the data it displays is very visual which makes it much easier to gain a clear overview of how your emails are performing.

Again, overall GetResponse performs quite strongly in this aspect as it gives you a lot of data in a clear overview.

Split-Testing

When using GetResponse, you can split-test almost any component of your campaign. Thi is a very important feature if you want to improve your open and conversion rates.

For example, this includes your landing page, your subject lines, and the content of your emails. You can configure an automatic winner based on percentages to help you save time.

For example, you can split-test an email with 3 variants and configure an automatic winner based on the number of your contacts who have opened the email. You can also set up custom percentages to pick winners.

This is extremely useful to help you pick a clear winner. Doing so will help you tweak to make you email campaign convert at its best.

Landing Page Creator

The landing page creator inside of GetResponse is quite slick too.

It comes with over 150 landing page templates that can easily be edited through the drag and drop builder.

The builder itself also has a lot of elements allowing users to build many types of pages.

Some examples of elements include:

  • Videos/Images
  • Carts
  • Paypal buy buttons
  • Share buttons
  • Custom HTML

I was also really surprised to see that the GetResponse page builder also allows you to use important conversion tools such as countdown timers and even one-click-upsell pages!

Usually, a person would need to also invest in a third party page builder like ClickFunnels or SamCart to get these types of features.

Having said that, I haven’t tested the conversion capabilities of a GetResponse landing page compared to one of these third party services, but it’d be a great test to find out how it performs!

With engaging templates, an easy to use drag & drop builder, and a great selection of templates, I think it’s fair to say that GetResponse has a solid page builder.

Landing page templates

You can see more info about the GetResponse landing page creator here.

Webinar Hosting

GetResponse also lets you host both free and paid webinars.

As I did mention in the cons section at the start of this review, there is a limit of 300 webinar viewers, unless you are on the max plan, which is the plan with custom pricing.

On the max plan, this limit is between 500 and 1000 viewers.

Either way, it’s likely that even 300 viewers will be enough for most small businesses.

What I like about GetResponse webinars is that they also have built-in polls and tests which make it easy for your webinars to get a little more engagement.

You can also promote your products or services and add files to the webinars for your attendees to interact with. This would be useful if you are selling your higher-ticket products on the back end of the webinar.

Another thing that’s cool about the GetResponse webinars is that you can set it to stream on YouTube or Facebook as well which will help you expand your reach.

There is also a range of other cool webinar features including:

  • Screen sharing
  • Interactive white-boards
  • Storage up to 20 hours
  • Multiple presenters
  • Add Facebook pixels for retargeting
  • Automated nurturing campaigns

The GetResponse webinar feature offers everything a normal webinar software would do too.

Having this available on the same dashboard as your email marketing and CRM tools is pretty nice, and gives you an easy way to integrate your webinars with your autoresponder.

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Conversion Funnel

Finally, we’re onto probably my favorite feature inside of GetResponse, the conversion funnel feature.

This feature was also formerly known as the “auto funnel” feature. This GetResponse feature is a template to help you build your entire marketing funnel.

Basically, it takes all of the other GetResponse features, and structures them in a way that makes it easy for you to get a clear overview of what you need to.

Not only that, but you can also track the ROI of your funnel which is also very important. Afterall, if you don’t have clarity on what’s working for you in your business then it can be hard to scale.

This has been one of my favorite new features, as it can help you to have both a clear overview of how you need to have things structured, and a deeper insight into what’s working the best for you.

GetResponse Deliverability

When I used GetResponse, I found their deliverability to be very good. In fact, it has one of the better deliverability rates among all the autoresponders I have tried so far.

Of course, deliverability is important for all types of businesses, and should be one of the main concerns when choosing an autoresponder.

When it comes to affiliate-friendly autoresponders though, sometimes their deliverability rates can suffer just because some of your emails contain affiliate links. However, in my experience, this didn’t seem to be the case with GetResponse.

According to SenderScore.org, GetResponse has a 99% deliverability rate across all tests. You can find more information on that here.

However, I did also find another 3rd party test by emailtoolstester.com (1) where GetResponse only performed around the average with a 75.6% rate, which is about an industry average.

Given my personal experiences with GetResponse, and this other test by emailtooltester.com, I’m not sure how accurate the SenderScore.org test is, but I thought I would mention it just to give you a full picture.

Plus, if you follow the best practices for getting your emails delivered you shouldn’t run into any issues.

Web Forms

Just like most pieces of email marketing software, you can also create web forms directly in your GetResponse dashboard.

If you use WordPress, then you’ll be happy to know that these forms are also very easy to integrate with this content management system. However, you can also just as easily grab the HTML code of the forms to embed them into any page you wish.

The forms are nice and easy to create using the drag and drop editor as we did mention earlier. Other than that, there isn’t too much to say about them, as they are quite standard for autoresponders.

Segmentation

GetResponse lets you segment your list in numerous ways to help you send more targeted emails.

This includes:

  • Custom fields (i.e basically anything that you configure)
  • Behavior (in automation sequences)
  • Demographics
  • Product preferences
  • Engagement
  • Geography
  • Website Activity
  • Purchase frequency

By segmenting based on these factors, you can send much more targeted emails to your customers.

For example, if it’s thanksgiving, you can send everyone from the US, who visited your thank you page but didn’t purchase, an email with a discount offer.

That’s just an example, but there are some really creative ways you can use the segmentation feature that GetResponse has to offer.

If you were to think about how you could use this feature in your own business, I’m sure you, like me, can easily see how you could leverage this feature to send more targeted offers to your list and increase your revenue.

Tags & Custom Fields

Tags also help you segment your list. You can apply them at the start of a campaign, or further down the line. They’re a great way to split your list based on whether the customer has a certain tag.

For example, you can apply a tag named “purchased X product” to every customer who has purchased from you.

Then, later on, you can send everyone who doesn’t have that tag an offer with a bonus without annoying the people who have already purchased this particular product from you.

This is a basic example of this feature, and GetResponse lets you tag on many more events including abandoned carts.

Of course, it goes without saying that using tags in this way is another great way to increase your revenue by getting some of your customers to return to their shopping cart and complete a purchase.

Custom fields are what you use when you need your customer to submit custom requirements on their orders. For example, if you are selling T-shirts using GetResponse, you might need your customer to submit their T-shirt size which they can do with this feature.

Integrations

GetResponse also has a pretty big list of integrations.

This list includes over 140 external software apps including the most popular E-commerce platforms, landing page builders, membership area platforms, and so forth.

If an app that you want to integrate with is not on the list then GetResponse also integrates with Zapier. Once you’ve connected to Zapier, you can pretty much connect to anything you want to.

For advertising, you can also hook up your GetResponse account with Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.

Besides YouTube, it also directly integrates with Vimeo and Wistia, too. This can be useful if you want to assign tags based on video watch time, and see clearly exactly how much of a particular video your leads have watched.

For example, you can set these tags on a sales video and find out exactly how much of the video gets watched. If you discover that a lot of people seem to switch off at a certain point, then you know you need to make a change to that video to improve the watch time, and ultimately, the conversion of that particular video.

GDPR

If your business operates out of the EU, or if you serve EU customers, then you’ll be pleased to hear that GetResponse is also committed to having a GDPR-compliant platform. They do this by providing you with special fields that help their users stay compliant.

If you want to know more about GetResponse and GDPR, you can check this resource on their site here.

Support

GetResponse support is quick and easy from my experience. Even though they don’t offer phone support unless you are on the max plan, they do have a very responsive team on the other end of live chat 24/7, 365 days of the year.

Personally, whenever I needed to reach out to their support team, I never needed to wait more than a minute or two for someone to jump on and help me out.

While having the option of phone support is nice, it’s not a big deal not to have it in my opinion if they have 24/7 live chat support in place.

Basically, whatever plan you’re on, you do always have access to help, and you can get it quickly if you need it.

What Other Users Say About GetResponse

It’s all very well reading my opinion here in this GetResponse review, but I’m sure you, like me, also want to hear about what other people have to say as well.

So, to save you the time of scouring the internet, I also checked some other 3rd party reviews, which you can see in the screenshots below.

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From what I have seen, they are mostly positive overall, with an average Capterra (a review site) rating of 4.1/5. Some of the 1-star reviews seem quite questionable in my opinion, as many of the users state themselves that their actions went against the T&C’s.

Other than that, there are mostly just 5-star reviews of users explaining what’s great about the software.

Besides reading customer reviews, you also get the additional safety net of the GetResponse 30 day free trial without needing to enter your credit card details if you do decide to try them out for yourself.

What I Like About GetResponse

What I like about GetResponse is that it offers an all-in-one marketing platform for businesses of all sizes.

It’s not the cheapest autoresponder you can find, but it’s also by no means the most expensive. It’s actually very affordable, especially considering all the features they offer.

GetResponse also has a solid deliverability rate, so you know that the majority of your emails will actually end up where they’re supposed to.

I also really like the fact that GetResponse is affiliate-friendly. There are not many autoresponders that are high caliber, that provide such great features, are affordable, and also allow you to place affiliate links directly in your emails.

What I Don’t Like About GetResponse

There isn’t a lot to complain about GetResponse, in my opinion. Overall, it does what it does extremely well.

The two cons that I mentioned at the beginning of the article (300 webinar attendees & no phone support on the lower plans) are not things that matter to me.

Other than that, the only thing that I would say is the editing of landing pages in mobile view. I feel like it could just be a little easier to use, but then again, maybe that’s just me.

GetResponse Pricing

The GetResponse pricing mainly varies based on the number of contacts that you have.

It’s a sliding scale, so for the full pricing details based on your number of subs, you can check out their website here.

Below, are the plans for up to 1,000 subscribers, if you pay monthly.

On the [official website], you will also find annual discounts for up to 30% if you don’t mind paying up front.

Personally, I’d use them for a few months first on the monthly plan, then, if you’re happy to stay with them, opt to pay for the year up front and get the additional discount.

Basic, $15 per month

Included in the basic plan are the following features:

The GetResponse pricing table

GetResponse Alternatives

To give you a better choice, I also want to cover a few GetResponse alternatives that might be better for you.

Aweber

First of all, you might also choose Aweber which is another popular autoresponder, but compared to GetResponse, it’s quite basic.

It has basic automation workflows, basic landing pages, forms, and segmentation.

Aweber is also affiliate marketing-friendly and they even have a free plan.

If you’re on a budget or are just looking for basic email automation features, it may be an option to consider.

I’ve used Aweber before and have been very happy with them. They’re cheaper than GetResponse and they also have excellent support.

You can check out Aweber’s pricing here.

SendLane

SendLane is another affiliate-friendly autoresponder.

It’s quite similar to GetResponse as it offers features like ROI and conversion tracking.

The pricing plans start at $99 per month (5K contacts), so it’s a bit more expensive than Get Response. Having said that, they do have an attractively priced starter plan for new customers.

That being said, the cost of the plans are pretty reasonable considering the value they offer.

If you want to know more about this platform then you can read my in-depth review of SendLane here.

Alternatively, you can check out SendLane’s page here.

MailerLite

Lastly, we have MailerLite which is NOT affiliate marketing-friendly, so make sure to keep that in mind if affiliate is a core part of your business.

MailerLite probably has the best free plan on the market, as even the free plan comes with automation sequences. That’s pretty rare.

It doesn’t have quite as advanced features as GetResponse or SendLane, but it does have the basics.

I think MailerLite could be a good option if you perhaps have an eCom business, promoting affiliate offers is not a core part of what you do, and if you don’t need the advanced features that GetResponse and SendLane offer.

You can check out MailerLite’s pricing here.

If you still want to check out more email marketing solutions then I recommend you read my article on the best email autoresponder services next.

Final Thoughts

Finding an autoresponder that is powerful, low-cost, and has a good deliverability rate can be quite hard. Depending on the complexity of your business, there can be a ton of things to consider.

This is especially the case if you’re in the affiliate marketing business as you also need to make sure that the platform you choose will not shut you down for including affiliate offers in some of your emails.

The problem is that if you don’t have an autoresponder that fits the bill, your business will probably not reach its full potential as email marketing is so important.

GetResponse doesn’t only fit the bill for most businesses, it also does what it does extremely well. It has arguably the most powerful automation features on the market, strong deliverability, and also comes at an affordable price.

I must admit I’m a big fan of it and so are 350,000 other customers. If you would like to check it out for yourself, you can get a 30-day free trial here.


Disclaimer: Please be aware that I may receive commissions when you click some of the links in this article and then decide to make a purchase. If you do follow one of my links and purchase a product, thanks! It means a lot to me, and any commissions I do make from this blog enables me to continue to provide you with all this awesome, free content. However, any commissions I do receive does not affect my reviews and comparisons. If I think a product is sub-standard I will either say so in the article or I will not feature it on my blog. I try my best to keep things fair and balanced, in order to help you make the best choice for you.

SendLane Review – Does It Live Up To The Hype?

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Email marketing — love it or hate it, it’s a necessity for any online business that wants to thrive.

A lot of small-time and beginner marketers avoid using email in the beginning. It can seem daunting, time-consuming and expensive. But take it from the, the earlier you can start building a list, the better off you will be further down the line.

If you’re gonna incorporate email marketing into your business (and you definitely should if you want to build a scalable, long-term asset) then you will need to use an autoresponder service.

Besides now being a legal requirement for email marketing, using an autoresponder will also make your list building efforts considerably easier. Unfortunately, many fall short, in my opinion — I’ve tried quite a few of them.

In the past, I’ve found myself settling for “good enough,” but since this is such an important part of my business, I am always on the look-out for the next best autoresponder to test out.

It’s a marketers dream to find that holy grail solution — something that’s easy to use and affiliate marketing friendly with exceptional deliverability rates.

The latest contender for the cup? SendLane. Is it a good fit for your online business, too? Let’s find out. This SendLane review will cover everything you need to know about this up-and-coming automated marketing solution.

If you’d prefer to watch a video demo of SendLane so you can see everything it can do in real-time then you can watch this SendLane demo here.

Things to Consider Before Buying an Autoresponder

Like most things in business — and life — finding the right option for you depends heavily on your preferences and needs.

Where SendLane really shines is in its simplicity of use and exceptional deliverability rates.

However, if you’re a marketer who handles massive campaigns for large organizations, then SendLane may not provide all the features you need. In this case, you may be better off with a higher-priced service that offers more automation, analytics, and bells and whistles, such as HubSpot.

However, if you’re looking for a powerful tool that’s easy to use and excels at its core features — email broadcasts, automation, and outstanding deliverability rates — SendLane might be perfect for you.

It’s an excellent fit for small to medium-sized businesses, and affiliate marketers looking for a simple user interface with plenty of automation options.

Yes, SendLane is affiliate marketing friendly! I heard this directly from the horse’s mouth, so to speak.

This is a big consideration if affiliate marketing is a core part of your business. Unfortunately, most autoresponder services don’t like affiliates and will shut you down for simply including an affiliate link in your emails. It’s happened to me…

Still not sure if SendLane autoresponder is right for you? Consider the following while you read through the rest of this SendLane review.

  • The number of customers: How many emails will you be sending out, and how often?
  • The complexity of the rules: Are you satisfied with basic features like timed sending, or do you need to get fancier?
  • Analytics: Make sure you choose an autoresponder that provides you with focused analytics reports, instead of overwhelming you with unnecessary stats.
  • GDPR-compliant: Make sure that you stay on the right side of the law and protect your customers’ privacy.
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SendLane: A Closer Look

SendLane is an easy-to-use autoresponder with some very high-end tools. It features advanced contact tagging, which allows the system to automatically group subscribers by geographic region, or pretty much any other criteria you desire.

Advanced list-building options such as this are fantastic to give your marketing efforts a laser-focus with precise market targeting.

These features alone can considerably improve both your open and your conversion rates.

Its simple interface also makes it a fantastic option for novice marketers or people running their own businesses who need to handle the marketing on their own.

In my opinion, it does take a bit of time to fully understand the system, but the results are well worth it. Having said that, all the autoresponder services I have used to date do have a bit of a learning curve.


SendLane Pros and Cons

Here’s a quick overview of the pro’s and con’s of using SendLane to give you a flavor.

SendLane Pros:

  • Intuitive design
  • Exceptional deliverability rates
  • Excellent support
  • Plenty of automation options with tons of triggers to choose from
  • High-end landing page and email editors
  • Simple to use drag-and-drop editor
  • Integrates with Shopify, WooCommerce, Zapier, and ClickBank available, with more coming in the future

SendLane Cons:

  • Can be spendy as your subscriber list grows
  • No onboarding process when you first install the software
  • Some aspects feel clunky

SendLane Features and Benefits

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By now, you probably want to know more detailed info on SendLane’s features and benefits. So here goes…

Drag and Drop Editor

One of the features I like the most about SendLane is its simple to use drag and drop editor. It makes creating visually ravishing emails simple and hassle-free, which I find fun, and a big time-saver.

You can choose from a wide variety of email elements and customize them in any way you see fit to best represent your brand and help your conversions.

There are currently about 20 templates, which is about standard among popular autoresponders in 2020.

While you can customize these, I do wish SendLane offered a slightly more extensive catalog of options. It’s not a deal-breaker though as you can also create your own templates from scratch if you want to.

Landing Page Creator

If you want more than just an email editor, you’ll appreciate SendLane’s landing page creator. Unlike the email editor, you get over 50 templates to choose from with an impressive range of designs.

This is a great feature as it can save you money on third-party page builders like ClickFunnels, depending on your needs, of course.

Some templates even include countdown timers, videos, and pop-ups, which is really cool. However, I struggled to figure out how to add them to other templates.

Some people may appreciate this feature, but if you’re looking strictly for an email tool, chances are you won’t use this feature at all.

Advanced Contact Tagging and Automation

SendLane goes well beyond ‘drip-feed’ email functionality and lets you set up workflows that change your email delivery depending on what your subscribers do.

You can also tag subscribers based on where they live, their sign-up source, the device they use, and pretty much any other custom tag you can think of.

Even better, this incredibly powerful functionality is very simple to set up and use, even if you’re new to the world of marketing.

For me, this is one of the most important considerations when it comes to choosing an autoresponder. If it’s intuitive and easy to use then it’s a big plus in my book.

a picture of an automation flow in SendLane

Standard Reporting and Analytics

Most marketing software gives you plenty of analytics to chew over, and SendLane is no different, offering data on:

  • Open rates
  • Click through rates
  • Bounce rates
  • Your most active subscribers with the highest open rates
  • People who unsubscribed, and their stated reason

Most of these analytics work in real-time, so you’ll always have an up-to-date view of what’s going on in your marketing campaign — without being overwhelmed.

SendLane provides a manageable amount of data presented in an easy-to-read format. Because of this, it is so much easier to act on your data to make improvements where you need to.

data analytics

What I particularly like about the data the SendLane provides is that you can set up all your different campaigns and have it track all the clicks and conversions on your website as well as the conversions that come directly from your emails, as you can see below.

data from campaigns

SendLane’s data can even help you track all the clicks and sales that are coming from each of your email campaigns, and report on how much each subscriber has spent with you.

As you can see from the screenshot below, this subscriber made a purchase via email of $99.

email behaviour tracking

This is super powerful, especially if you run an eCom business or if you create your own digital products!

Automatically Optimized Send Times

Unlike many autoresponders that ask you to figure out the best time to send your emails, SendLane will optimize the process for you, which is awesome!

The program analyses previous email open rates and suggests the perfect time to send the next one.

Best of all, you can set up this functionality on an individual email basis, tailoring every single person’s experience to their particular habits, if you want to go that deep. Alternatively, you can save time and just let SendLane optimize the whole sending process for you.

Creating a List of Contracts

Lists are key to customizing your email campaigns.

SendLane lets you add contacts to as many lists as you like, and duplicates don’t count towards your contact limit.

This is important to be aware of as some autoresponders like Aweber will count contacts multiple times if they are subscribed to more than one of your lists. This means that you will quickly reach your subscriber limit and then need to upgrade to a higher priced plan. But with SendLane, you don’t need to worry about this.

You can even set different rules for each list, giving you granular control over your entire subscriber base.

Once you’ve set up your lists, you can also automate adding new subscribers to each particular list as they sign up.

SendLane allows you to create a form for new sign-ups or integrate your existing website API in some cases.

Email Broadcasts in SendLane

Email broadcasts are the bread and butter of email marketing, and SendLane’s process is streamlined and simple.

The broadcast tool gives you over 20 marketing templates along with customization for when to send out the email.

Email Automation in SendLane

We’ve touched upon this briefly when discussing automation, but SendLane offers a very powerful workflow tool that allows you to send emails in a very focused manner.

Workflow setup is pretty simple — you can either start with a template or from scratch.

Not only does SendLane have a comprehensive list of triggers, but it also allows for if/else functionality, which is pretty powerful.

If/else workflows let you customize your workflow even further. The simple flow-chart layout makes understanding the process significantly easier for people just starting in marketing.

Advanced automation in SendLane

API and Integrations

API, or ‘application programming interface,’ is a method for a particular program to talk with other programs.

If you want to integrate SendLane functionality with another program, you can use their well-documented API to do so quite easily.

SendLane also allows other programs to talk to it, such as Shopify, WooCommerce, and ClickBank.

They are still working on adding more integrations with other common platforms, like WordPress, which is surprisingly still missing. However, if you use Zapier then you can integrate SendLane with pretty much anything.

Onboarding

SendLane takes the ‘throw them in the deep end’ approach to onboarding, in that they don’t offer any form of tutorial, which is a shame.

Luckily, the user interface is simple to use, and the processes streamlined enough that you should be able to figure it out by yourself.

If you feel entirely lost, then you can click the red help button to contact customer support or check out some SendLane tutorials on YouTube.

Automation

Naturally, an autoresponder has to hit automation out of the park.

SendLane provides plenty of robust automation tools with a simple user interface to make your life easier.

The platform’s workflows are clear and effective. In my opinion, it provides everything that most digital marketers will need.

Deliverability

SendLane has a very aggressive list culling and hygiene processes in place to reduce the number of dead or false email addresses you have to deal with and pay for during a campaign.

The program also generates easy-to-follow deliverability reports, allowing you to see how many of your emails are actually delivered.

You can see exactly how SendLane’s deliverability compares to its competitors in this SendLane comparison chart here.

Ease of Use

Despite the lack of onboarding, SendLane is surprisingly easy to use. Even its most powerful features are simple to figure out.

With plenty of click-and-drag functionality and clear visuals, most users, even beginner marketers will probably get the hang of things on the first use.


Social Proof

While I could go on about the features I liked and didn’t like about SendLane, it’s also worthwhile to find out what other people think.

I scoured the internet to find out what people on the ground, such as entrepreneurs and small business owners, think of SendLane.

Most people overall seemed to like it a lot.

The reviews weren’t glowing across the board — I’d question their authenticity if they were — but, overall, SendLane reviews are quite positive.

Here are some of the SendLane reviews I found from business owners and marketers:

customer testimonial for SendLane
A customer review of SendLane
customer feedback review

SendLane Pricing

As you no doubt understand by now, SendLane offers way above average functionality and provides several ways to help you increase your subscriber base and generate higher revenue from your campaigns.

Due to this, and the additional new features that SendLane have added to their service, they have recently changed their pricing structure.

Perviously, SendLane’s starting price was $25 per month, which was about middle of the road compared to its competitors.

While SendLane’s new pricing structure is higher, they do offer a very attractive starter bundle for new members, which is $497 for the year. This works out at just over $41 per month.

While this can seem like a lot to beginner marketers, those who have been in business for a while and understand the importance of the features that SendLane offer will likely see this as a great deal.

On the starter plan you get everything on SendLane’s more expensive growth plan for your first 6 months.

Below is a screenshot of their pricing table.

SendLane pricing table

You can see SendLane’s full pricing page here.


SendLane Alternatives

SendLane offers a heaping plate of appealing features, but if it doesn’t meet your needs, there are plenty of other more time-tested autoresponders out there.

Here are some alternatives that you may also want to consider.

Aweber

Aweber logo

The main difference between the two is the presentation and price.

While SendLane definitely has more advanced automation features, Aweber offers quite a few more templates, as well as a more competitive starting cost. This can be appealing for beginners who don’t need fancy automation processes.

It is a superb option for small businesses who want to dip their toe into email marketing without spending too much money.

SendLane, however, is a better option for marketers who want more powerful automation and a few nice extras that Aweber doesn’t have.

Aweber:

  • More affordable–starts at $19/month
  • Larger support team
  • More standard email templates
  • Affiliate marketing friendly

SendLane:

  • Comes with a landing page builder
  • Better automation features
  • $25/month starting price

If you’re looking for an email-focused product with plenty of support and a more affordable starting price, check out Aweber here.

GetResponse

GetResponse logo

GetResponse is an industry leader when it comes to email marketing. It’s the ideal solution for large-scale operations that handle thousands of emails per day and companies that want an all-in-one solution.

SendLane is a more customized tool that’s perfect for smaller businesses, e-commerce owners, and digital agencies that need powerful automation without many other marketing tools.

GetResponse:

  • High deliverability
  • Customized plans for added flexibility and scalability
  • GetResponse has been on the market for years, with the track record to prove it
  • Affiliate marketing friendly

SendLane:

  • Approachable and user-friendly interface
  • Email timing optimization
  • Tagging and list-based automation

If you want a cheaper starting price option than SendLane with similar functionality, GetResponse may be the right choice for you. Check out GetResponse here.

Mailer Lite

Mailer Lite logo

If you want an autoresponder that is very low priced and even has a free forever plan, but with good functionality then Mailer Lite is a good option.

It’s important to note that it’s not affiliate marketing friendly, but if your business does not revolve around promoting affiliate offers then this is not a problem.

One work-around to using an autoresponder that does not allow you to put affiliate links directly in the emails is to create a landing page with your affiliate link, and then link to the landing page from your emails.

As mentioned earlier, autoresponder service offers a free forever plan with limited functionality. However, when you do start paying, it is considerably cheaper than many other options on the market.

Pricing starts at just $15 per month for up to 2,500 subs! This starting plan also comes with unlimited user accounts and you can send an unlimited number of emails. It is also easy to use, which makes it a great choice for beginners.

Mailer Lite:

  • Free forever plan
  • Easy to use
  • Send unlimited emails on the lowest price plan
  • Not affiliate friendly

SendLane:

  • Better automation for personalized email marketing
  • Primarily built for affiliates and B2C businesses
  • Provides useful analytics data and web activity tracking

If you run an eCommerce, drop-ship, or digital product business, you’ll appreciate the powerful features that Mailer Lite brings. You can check out Mailer Lite here.

If you want to check out the top 7 autoresponders I recommend, you can see them here.


Summing It Up: SendLane in Review

Email marketing is a highly valuable lead generation tool, and is a cornerstone of any successful online business. However, if you’re using a sub-par, or even just the wrong autoresponder for your needs then email marketing can become a headache.

As you can see from the features that SendLane has to offer, it can simplify your digital marketing efforts, free up your time, and help you to generate more customers, and increase profits.

In my opinion, SendLane offers an excellent solution for small to medium businesses. It is intuitive and easy to work with that anyone can use it effectively in a short space of time. It also has plenty of powerful features that are usually only available on superior autoresponder services at higher prices.

If you’re interested in trying out SendLane then you will be pleased to know that they do have a 14-day free trial. While you will need to enter your credit cart info to sign up for the free trial, you can cancel at any time before the end of the 14 days and you will not be charged.

If you’d like to try out this autoresponder service then you can get a 14-day free trial here.


Disclaimer: Please be aware that I may receive commissions when you click some of the links in this article and then decide to make a purchase. If you do follow one of my links and purchase a product, thanks! It means a lot to me, and any commissions I do make from this blog enables me to continue to provide you with all this awesome, free content. However, any commissions I do receive does not affect my reviews and comparisons. If I think a product is sub-standard I will either say so in the article or I will not feature it on my blog. I try my best to keep things fair and balanced, in order to help you make the best choice for you.

SamCart Review: Does It Live Up To The Hype?

SamCart review image with red banner

One thing that all business owners have in common is the desire to increase conversions and make more sales.

Many factors will affect the conversion rate of your products, but one of the most significant factors is the shopping cart platform you use.

A lot of business owners don’t realize that the average abandoned cart rate is a staggering 79.17%! That’s a shocking statistic to discover, especially if you’re a business owner who’s been trying to sell your products online.

Everything else being equal, if you’re using the wrong shopping cart platform, your business will just not reach its full potential. 

SamCart is a shopping cart tool that aims to help businesses of all kinds to grow and increase conversions.

In this SamCart review, we will put it to the test to see if it can do what it promises.


What is SamCart?

SamCart is one of the leading shopping cart tools on the market that promises to help businesses make more sales.

It allows you to build your sales pages, shopping carts, and process transactions.

You may be familiar with eCommerce platforms like Shopify. This is often a starting place for eCom business owners and drop shippers. While it’s pretty good for getting your business off the ground, it generally lacks the advanced features needed to scale a business effectively. Because of this, a lot of businesses make the switch to a platform like SamCart.

If you’re a business owner or marketer struggling with conversions, SamCart may be able to help you increase your sales due to its laser-focused conversion-rate optimisation (CRO) features.

Since SamCart was founded in 2013 by Scott and Brian Moran, and since then, it has rapidly evolved and gained several exciting features that we’ll be covering later on in this article.


SamCart Review – Who Is It For?

SamCart is used to help businesses sell pretty much anything online. This includes physical and digital products, services, and even courses.

SamCart gives you the ability to sell products at a one-off cost, a recurring subscription, or even offer your customers a payment plan.

The platform focuses on giving users the ability to create high-converting sales pages, funnels, and shopping carts. It’s not a platform for creating a huge store with hundreds of products. In that case, something like Shopify would probably be better suited. However, SamCart can certainly be integrated with a large store, in order to hone in on sales of specific products.

However, if you have a smaller number of products, then SamCart could potentially be all you need to sell your products successfully online.

Some examples of who SamCart can work well for include:

  • Course creators
  • Coaches & Consultants
  • Authors
  • Physical Product Sellers
  • Digital Product Sellers
  • Agencies

One of my friends used to sell eBooks and courses related to fitness, and I feel like if he had known about SamCart at the time, he probably would have made a lot more sales. At the time, I believe he was using something quite basic like Shopify, which just didn’t give him the same amount of conversion control that SamCart gives you.


Free Stuff From SamCart

As you will see in this in-depth review, SamCart has a lot to offer. While it’s not perfect, it is certainly different from most other shopping cart platforms out there. However, all the features can be difficult to convey in a single article.

The SamCart creators have gone to great lengths to show people how effective this SaaS tool is at selling products and generating revenue online. Because of this, SamCart has a few free bonuses you can take advantage of:

Free Video: How SamCart Can Double Your Sales & Scale Your Business

Free Training: The 10 Step System To Build An Online Business From Scratch

If you want to test the software out before you buy it then SamCart also have a 14- day free trial.


SamCart Pros & Cons

Just like any other software, there are some pros and cons to SamCart, so let’s take a look at them.

SamCart Pros

  • Unmatched revenue-optimization
  • Easily create beautiful pages
  • Great list of integrations
  • Robust reporting & analytics
  • 0% transaction fees

SamCart Cons

  • Can’t use it to build a store with a massive selection of products
  • Only email support available
  • Some features are not available on the starter plan

SamCart Features

SamCart has a huge list of features which all combine perfectly to help businesses lift their conversions if used correctly.

Let’s break them down to help you get a better understanding of how they can be used.

Sales Page design

One of the first and most important features that SamCart has to offer is sales page design.

You can easily create beautiful sales pages using the easy-to-use drag and drop builder inside of SamCart.

There is no limit on how many pages or products you can create, which gives you the flexibility to try out lots of templates for A/B testing if you want to.

I also like this feature because it meant I can create more product lines using different landing pages, all from within the same account. Annoyingly, many SaaS tools put significant restrictions on what you can create.

Using SamCart, you can create both multi-step sales pages and one-page checkouts. This makes it a versatile platform that can be used to sell pretty much any kind of product.


Order Bumps & One-Click Up-Sells

Order bumps, one-click up-sells and down-sells are highly effective tools in increase your conversion rate and boost your total cart value.

If you’re not familiar with order bumps then basically, they’re like one-time offers you can include in your funnel, usually on the checkout page. They work especially well if the order bump is a complementary product to the leasing product that is offered on the sales page.

For example, let’s imagine you’re a fitness coach who’s trying to sell an eBook. A great order bump would be to offer the audio version of the book for an additional cost.

This works well because most people just don’t get time to read the eBooks they buy and so, being offered the audio version for a few extra bucks is an attractive offer to many. With a simple tick, they can add the audio book to their cart, and you increase the total cart value as a result.

The one-click upsell is a separate, but complementary product that is offered to the customer on a separate page. Once the customer has clicked the button to accept the first offer, they are then diverted the the up-sell page.

The reason it’s called one-click up-sell is that the payment info is already saved, meaning your customer only needs to click a button to purchase, instead of entering in their credit card details.

If, however, the customer declines the first offer, then you can have them diverted to one more offer at a lower price, known as the down-sell offer.


Coupons & Discounts

The next feature is the ability to create coupons and discounts. 

Creating coupons and discounts can work extremely well to promote your products and can therefore also help you increase conversions over a given period.

This SamCart feature is also much more advanced than most shopping cart/landing page alternatives out there. The reason being is that, with SamCart, you create both simple coupons that apply to one-time transactions, as well as recurring transaction coupons if you need to.


Template Library

SamCart has a vey large selection of templates for both sales and checkout pages.

Personally, I do like the look of the templates as they’re modern and professional, yet simple. You also have a wide variety of templates for different types of pages and carts, which could prove to be useful if you ever decide to switch the type of products that you sell, or if you operate businesses in different industries.


Recurring Payments & Subscriptions

SamCart can also help you process recurring payments and subscriptions.

This is great because I have heard several stories from friends who have used certain other shopping cart or eCommerce platforms that don’t allow you to process recurring payments and subscriptions. This then causes real headaches, as they have to go through a lot of effort and extra expense by using two cart platforms and trying to integrate them.

You also have some great options inside of the SamCart subscriptions area that many other SaaS tools don’t have. For example, you can create free trials, paid trials, and even payment plans. This further increases the likelihood of you making sales.

Plus, you can manage all your customers from your customer portal and they can also cancel their own subscriptions easily whenever they need to.

Customers being able to cancel their own subscriptions is something that will save you many wasted hours replying to customer support emails.


A/B Testing

SamCart has detailed A/B testing functionality allowing its customers to understand exactly what is converting and what isn’t.

Using SamCart, you can not only split-test your sales pages, but also the actual carts themselves, which is a pretty cool feature. This gives you the ability to tweak the components of your cart to optimize for maximum conversions.


Subscription Saver (Dunning)

When it comes to other platforms that do allow you to process recurring transactions, they can often have a problem with creating many failed transactions. This, of course, is not good for business!

Often, these platforms will just treat a failed transaction as a customer canceling, which of course means you would lose out on a lot of revenue. This is not the case with SamCart, as it will keep trying to charge the customer on auto-pilot until the sale goes through.

As you can imagine, this is going to be a tremendous tool in your online business arsenal.


App Integrations

SamCart has a great list of integrations, as it is compatible with a number of leading autoresponders, membership site platforms, and payment processors.

Email integrations include:

  • Aweber
    
  • GetResponse
    
  • ConvertKit
    
  • ConstantContact
    
  • iContact
    
  • ActiveCampaign
    
  • MailChimp
    
  • Maropos

Membership site platform integrations include:

  • Memberpress
    
  • Thinkific
    
  • Wishlist
    
  • Optimizepress
    
  • Membermouse
    
  • Kajabi
    
  • DigitalAccessPass

Payment Processor Integrations include:

  • Braintree
    
  • Stripe
    
  • Authorize.net
    
  • Paypal

CRM/Marketing automation integrations include:

  • Klaviyo
    
  • Ontraport
    
  • Drip
    
  • Infusionsoft
    
  • Hubspot

Other integrations:

  • ShipStation
  • Zapier
  • WordPress
  • Intercom

As you can see, SamCart has a solid list of direct integrations. However, if you do need more for some reason, then you can always use Zapier.

If you are interested in a shopping cart solution that is specifically designed to be used with WordPress then check out my CartFlows review.


Affiliate Center

SamCart also has a powerful affiliate management tool you can use.

This is another great feature if you want to recruit affiliates to sell your products for you. You won’t need to use an expensive third party solution for this as you’ll be able to manage it all from within your SamCart dashboard.

You also have full control in terms of the percentages that you set up for your affiliates. You can create standard commission rates or even have a tied compensation plan to incentivise those affiliates that are prepared to work harder to promote your products.


Abandoned Cart Feature

Do you remember that shocking statistic I told you about earlier? 79.17% of online shoppers abandon their cart before completing the steps on your checkout page.

I think, you, like me, agree that you’d want more than one in four people who add a product to their cart, to actually convert.

The Cart abandonment feature is something that could help with exactly that. Using this feature, you can engage with the customer who has abandoned their cart and follow up with them later to try to make the sale.

For example, you might set up SamCart to notify your autoresponder, when a cart is abandoned. Then, that lead will be added to an email automation sequence based on the abandoned cart, and receive periodic emails from you encouraging them to complete their purchase.

In this automation sequence, you can remind them of the product or potentially offer them a discount to make the sale more likely.

Now imagine the conversion increase of when you have something like this in place, and hundreds or even thousands of people adding your products to their cart. If you don’t already have this set up in your business then you’re just leaving money on the table.


Advanced Analytics

It’s great to have all these conversion rate optimisation tools set up ion your business. But if you can’t accurately measure them, then you’re not going to be able to scale effectively.

Luckily, SamCart also has detailed analytics that help you understand which steps of your cart and sales pages are converting.

If you do decide to go buy SamCart, or even [get a free trial], you’ll quickly realise the benefit of choosing a platform that has integrated analytics so you can see clearly what’s working for your and what is not.


Core Commerce Features

Lastly, I want to tell you about some of the core commerce features inside of SamCart. These are features that didn’t fit into any category but are still useful for most businesses.

Taxes & VAT

SamCart lets you collect any taxes & VAT.

This is a feature that many cart platforms ignore, so it’s nice to see SamCart making things easier for their customers in that sense.

Partial Refunds

You can also issue partial refunds if you feel that is suited. This is great because partial refunds can be a hassle. With SamCart, partial refunds are easy to issue.

Custom Fields

If you sell products that mean you need to collect custom requirements, like shirt size, then you’ll need to use custom fields.

If you’re looking to sell products that need to use custom requirements, then SamCart is one of the best tools you use, IMO.

SCA, GDPR, PCI Compliant

With recent heavy SCA, GDPR, and PCI changes, you must stay compliant, otherwise, you might face fines.

Fortunately, SamCart is compliant with all of these regulations, so you can use it to easily set up your business how you need to and be compliant from the get-go.


SamCart Review Video – 26% Sales Boost

If you’d like to see a real life example of how SamCart can boost the sales of an online business, the below video is an excellent example of how this shopping cart platform increased one lady’s sales by a staggering 26%!

 


What I like about SamCart

While SamCart has a lot of great features, there are a few things in particular that I like about this platform.

As I have mentioned a lot throughout this article, conversion-rate optimisation is at the heart of what SamCart can offer you.

I’m talking about the order bumps, one-click upsells, A/B testing, and detailed analytics. Of course, these features will not sell your products for you, but they definitely can make a massive difference to your conversions, if you use them correctly.

Plus, the templates combine well with these features too, as they are also focused on converting visitors with clear layouts and CTA buttons.

I also like that SamCart doesn’t ignore the less flashy requirements, and helps business owners with tax obligations and in staying compliant with important laws.

Finally, I also particularly like how easy it is to use SamCart to scale up your business with your own affiliate program.


What I don’t like about SamCart

There isn’t much negative to say about SamCart, except for two things, in my opinion.

For me, the first thing I find it a bit of a let-down that some of the best features are only available in the $199 per month “Scale” plan.

This includes:

  • Cart abandonment
  • Built-in A/B testing
  • Affiliate center
  • Subscription saver (dunning)

If SamCart could make one exception, I think they should at least allow all plans to be able to do A/B testing as this is an important part of growing a business.

Secondly, if you need to reach support then you only have the option of email. I’d prefer to also have the option fo live chat support. However, I have heard that SamCart’s email support is actually very good, so I guess it’s not too bad.


SamCart Pricing

SamCart has three pricing plans. There are some differences between the plans, as I already mentioned, so make sure you are aware of them.

SamCart Launch ($49 Per Month)

Checkout features:

  • No Additional Processing Fees
  • Unlimited Pages & Products
  • Unlimited Templates
  • Drag & Drop Template Builder
  • Full Template Library
  • Advanced Subscriptions
  • Full Email Customizations
  • Custom Domains
  • Digital Product Delivery
  • Coupons & Discounts
  • Smart Pixel Tracking
  • Pay What You Want
  • Sales & VAT Tax Support
  • Free SSL Certificate
  • Apple & Google Pay
  • Custom Thank You Pages
  • SamCart Branding

Upsell & add-on features:

  • Free & paid trials

Management:

  • 1 Admin User
  • Dashboard & Sales Report

Integrations:

  • Zapier Integration
  • Email Integrations
  • Membership Integrations

Support & Service:

  • Email Support (2 Day SLA)
  • Knowledge Base
  • 99.98% Uptime

SamCart Grow ($99 Per Month)

Everything in “Launch” plus:

  • No SamCart branding i.e completely white-labeled
  • Multiple Payment Options
  • Custom checkout fields
  • Advanced Subscription Cancellations
  • Post-Purchase Upsells
  • Advanced Reporting
  • Pre-Purchase Add-Ons
  • Customer Management
  • Email Support (1 Day SLA)
  • Subscription Charge Reminder

SamCart Scale ($199 Per Month)

As you would expect this plan has everything that SamCart has to offer. 

Everything in “Grow” plus:

  • Customer Self Cancellations
  • Admin User Roles
  • Cart Abandonment
  • Built-in AB Testing
  • Affiliate Center
  • Subscription Saver (Dunning)
  • CRM Integrations
  • Custom Integrations (Webhooks)
  • Email Support (Priority)

SamCart Alternatives

I also want to let you know about some SamCart alternatives which you may like the look of.

PlatformFree PlanTrialLifetime OptionStarting Cost
SamCartNo14-DaysNo$49/pm
ThriveCartNoNoYes$495/one time
ClickFunnelsNo14-DaysNo$97/pm
KartraNo14-DaysNo$99/pm
GrooveFunnelsYesYesYesFree

1. ThriveCart

Firstly, we have ThriveCart.

ThriveCart is also a powerful shopping cart platform that has features very similar to SamCart.

At the moment, ThriveCart is still in early stages so there are lifetime options available at a one-time fee. Given that most shopping cart SaaS tools, including SamCart, come with monthly subscriptions, ThriveCart’s lifetime plans are a great deal.

However, what I would say about ThriveCart is that some of the designs of the shopping cart look a little outdated.

Still, in terms of price for features, I think it would be quite hard to beat.

Starting price: $495 one time fee (lifetime)


2. ClickFunnels

ClickFunnels is one of the most popular funnel builders with over 120,000 members.

It aims to be the best landing page and funnel builder platform for online businesses by offering the following core features:

  • Drag-and-drop funnel builder
  • Checkout platform (somewhat limited compared to SamCart)
  • Membership site builder
  • Autoresponder
  • Affiliate management

It does have a great list of features, so it’s worth checking out if you want to see the full list of features that ClickFunnels offers.

The one thing I personally don’t like about ClickFunnels is their templates as they look somewhat outdated and are all very similar to each other. Having said that, they can be customised to a great degree.

Starting price: $97 per month

You can see more info on ClickFunnels here.


3. Kartra

The third and final alternative I recommend is Kartra.

Kartra is also still in the early stages but has already proven to have some powerful features.

Here’s a list of the Kartra core features:

  • Funnel builder
  • Checkout platform (also somewhat limited compared to SamCart)
  • Membership site builder
  • Autoresponder
  • Affiliate management
  • Helpdesks
  • Video hosting
  • Calendar

As you can see, it’s quite similar to ClickFunnels with some minor differences in the features.

Kartra is more of an all-in-one online business solution and offers additional tools like the help desk and video hosting functions.

From my experience, the autoresponder inside of Kartra is also better than ClickFunnels’ autoresponder, as it has more triggers for tags and automation sequences. Having said that, I personally prefer to use a stand-alone autoresponder service since it’s such an important part of a business.

If you prefer to use a stand-alone email marketing service then you can see the top autoresponders I recommend here.

Starting price: $99 per month

You can see more info on Kartra here.


Final Thoughts

SamCart has proven to be a strong solution for businesses struggling with high cart abandonment and low conversions.

The reason it works well for increasing conversions is the features like the order bumps and one-click up-sells, as well as its strong analytics capabilities.

Combining these with the beautiful templates it has to offer, you can see from my SamCart review, why it works so well. Plus, it also has great payment flexibility, as you can offer payment plans, accept Google and Apple pay, and also process recurring transactions.

If you’re selling or looking to sell anything online and want to check out SamCart for yourself, you can get a free 14-day trial by clicking here.


CartFlows Review – Is This Funnel Builder Plugin For WordPress Any Good?

My CartFlows WordPress plugin review

There’s no doubt about it, online businesses need an optimized sales funnel if they are going to survive and thrive in today’s markets.

Businesses are literally losing money every day without one.

However, there’s so much choice when it comes to choosing a funnel builder.

Since most of them have a few unique features and are better suited to certain types of businesses, it can be difficult to know which one is best for you.

Here I break down the features of this new WordPress funnel builder and explain exactly what you get when you buy CartFlows.

In this article, I will also tell you who this WordPress funnel builder plugin is good for and who might be better off using an alternative.

If you’re in a hurry and you want to get straight to it then you can check out the CartFlows cost and features here.

What Is CartFlows?

CartFlows is basically a sales funnel plugin for WordPress.

This continually evolving plugin allows you to create optimized funnels to increase your conversions and make more money in your business.

It was created by hardcore WordPress users, Adam Preiser (WP Crafter) and Surjay Pawer (Brainstorm Force), out of frustration at the limitations of the sales and checkout process of WooCommerce.

By using this new funnel builder plugin, website owners can now create effective funnels with up-sell, down-sell and OTO pages and take complete control of the look and functioning of the whole checkout process.

With over 10,000 active CartFlows users, this funnel builder plugin is quickly growing in popularity.

What Kind Of Funnels Can You Build With The CartFlows Plugin?

CartFlows is a dynamic plugin and you can use it to create just about any type of funnel you want. However, for some funnels, you will also need to use additional 3rd party plugins.

It is, of course, a good benefit that CartFlows can integrate with other WordPress plugins. However, for me, the fact that you have to use additional plugins to build some types (not all) of funnels is a negative, in my opinion.

Personally, I would prefer all the core functionality to be under one roof since you will not need to take the extra time to learn how to use new plugins as well as going through the learning curve with CartFlows.

Having said that, the plugin is still relatively new. Adam and Surjay are planning to record more “how-to” videos over time, so this should largely solve the issue.

Here’s a list of some of the more popular funnels people are building with this plugin:

  • Lead funnels
  • Product launch funnels
  • Membership funnels
  • Free quote funnels
  • Consulting funnels
  • Webinar funnels
  • Demo funnels
  • Application funnels

This is, by no means an exhaustive list. As I said earlier, you can pretty much build any type of funnel using this plugin.

CartFlows Plugin Features – What You Can Do With This Funnel Builder

Having looked at CartFlows, it is actually a decent competitor to leading funnel builder brands like ClickFunnels and InfusionSoft.

I particularly like that there is a free version of the plugin, however, it does, of course, have limited functionality.

On the other hand, with the pro version, you get a whole range of features.

Here are the main features that you can use:

Use Customizable Templates

There are customizable templates available with both the free and Pro version. However, at the moment they are fairly limited.

You get access to 4 free templates straight out of the box. However, there are also an additional 6 premium templates if the free ones don’t quite do it for you.

Although this may seem very limited in comparison to an alternative funnel builder like ClickFunnels, you can do a lot with these templates since they are fully customizable.

Upsell and Downsell Pages

Using an upsell and a down-sell in your funnel sequence can greatly increase the amount of money you can earn from each customer.

I particularly like the free templates feature as this is a big time-saver when it comes to building your funnel.

You can simply select a template, insert it into the correct place in your funnel, and then customize it how you want.

With CartFlows Pro, all the pages are fully customizable.

Use Order Bumps

Another great feature of any funnel builder worth its salt is the ability to use order bumps on your checkout pages.

Order bumps are great as they can significantly increase the cart value of your customers.

You can use this to give your customers the option to buy an additional related product at a discount, provide the option to buy additional units of a product, offer a warranty and so forth.

Customizable Checkout

If you’ve been using WooCommerce then I’m sure you’ve also felt frustrated at the lack of customization you get on the checkout page.

Fortunately, CartFlows allows you to customize all the checkout fields and take full control of the sales process.

Abandon Cart Feature

This Pro feature is essential whenever you’re selling something online.

On average, around 65% of people abandon an online shopping cart before they pay for the goods. This is a huge waste!

With CartFlows Pro, once they’ve passed the step of entering their email address, if they do abandon the cart then the plugin will follow up with them periodically on your behalf and encourage them to complete their purchase.

Can Use With Popular Page Builders

If you’re using a WordPress page builder like Elementor, Divi, or Thrive Architect then CartFlows will work for you without a hitch.

The plan is to eventually make it compatible with all WordPress page builders. While it does now work with most of them, I’m not sure if it functions with all of them.

If you want to find out if it will work with your specific page builder then you can contact CartFlows support here.

Use Custom Scripts

If you want to get more functionality then you can use the custom script option.

By simply pasting in your custom code you can get CartFlows to do a whole range of extra things for you.

Who Is CartFlows Great For?

If you’re a WordPress user then CartFlows is a good option for you since it will integrate nicely with the rest of your business.

Being a WordPress user will mean that you will likely find CartFlows very easy to use.

It’s also great for people who are on a budget as they can start off on the free plan.

However, having said that, the Pro account is also very reasonably priced compared to its competitors.

So, if you have a WordPress website and you want to collect more leads, sell digital or physical products, promote a webinar, sell a course, sell services or even just provide free quotes to your website visitors then CartFlows Pro will be a great option for you.

Who Is CartFlows Not Good For?

If you do not use WordPress and you have no intention of building a WordPress website then CartFlows is not for you.

However, don’t worry, there are many other solutions on the market that may fit your needs perfectly.

In this case, I would recommend you to check out ClickFunnels, Kartra, and SamCart.

CartFlows – What I Like About It

Integrates With WordPress

It integrates directly with WordPress and is, therefore, a great solution for anyone who has built their business around a WordPress website.

Since around 35% of websites are now built on WordPress, this is a great advantage for those businesses. However, not so much for businesses that operate from different platforms.

Integrates With All WordPress Plugins

Another advantage over some of the competitors like ClickFunnels or Kartra, for example, is that it integrates with other WordPress plugins.

This dynamic feature allows you to expand the functionality of CartFlows.

Integrates With WooCommerce

It also integrates directly with the popular WooCommerce plugin for WordPress.

So, if you’re running an eCommerce store on WordPress and you need a funnel then CartFlows is also a great choice for you.

Supports Upsells, Downsells

If you are using the CartFlows Pro plan then you will also be able to build funnels with upsells and down-sells.

This feature can increase your revenue considerably as it gives your customers the chance to buy more from you in a single transaction.

However, bear in mind that this feature is only available on the Pro account.

Integrates With Facebook Tracking Pixel

Retargeting is a highly effective online marketing strategy. Fortunately, the plugin also allows you to integrate with the Facebook tracking pixel for retargeting.

Abandoned Cart Feature

Another feature that will help you to increase your revenue is the abandoned cart feature.

Shockingly, the average cart abandonment rate is 67.57%. That’s a lot of money left on the table!

The abandoned cart feature works by following up with your customers through email who choose to abandon their cart before they make their purchase.

This is an important feature for any business that is selling physical, digital, or service-based products online.

Easy To Use

If you’re familiar with WordPress at all then you’ll likely find CartFlows easy to use.

They also have a good amount of set-up and training videos to show you how to get set up.

CartFlows – What I Don’t Like

Of course, like any platform, there are always some downsides too. Here’s what I don’t like so much about CartFlows.

Membership Areas Need An Additional WordPress Plugin Or External Solution

If you want to build a members area for your business then you will need to use a separate WordPress plugin or an external solution like Teachable or Kajabi.

Fortunately, it is more than possible to use CartFlows to create a membership funnel with one of these options, but for me, this is a minus point.

The reason I see this as a negative is that:

  1. You need to pay for an additional software solution
  2. You may also need to go through another learning curve with the software solution you choose

While other CartFlows alternatives like ClickFunnels and Kartra may be more expensive, they also provide you with the member’s area feature already included.

Another option for WordPress users would be to use ThriveApprentice, which is a plugin that comes with a ThriveThemes subscription.

ThriveThemes is priced within the same ballpark as CartFlows and also provides additional premium plugins with your membership, including their membership area solution, ThriveApprentice.

Cannot Share Funnels With Other Users

Being able to clone a funnel and share it with another user is a big advantage in my opinion.

Not only does it speed up the entire funnel building process, but you can also create funnels for your clients within your account then transfer them upon sale.

So far, the only platforms I have come across that offer this option is ClickFunnels and Kartra.

However, if you don’t need this function in your business then it is not a problem for you.

CartFlows Cost

There are two different plans to choose from, the free plan and CartFlows Pro. Here are the details of the two plans.

CartFlows Free

CartFlows offers free as well as a paid plan.

Of course, on the free plan, you will be limited in what you can do with it. However, there is actually a decent amount of functionality in this plan.

Here’s what you get access to on the free plan:

  • Access to 4 funnel page templates
  • Access to checkout pages
  • Access to thank you pages

So, if you only need a simple funnel then the free plan might work for you.

Offering the free plan is a smart move since it allows you to check out the features it offers and see for yourself just how easy it is to use.

Once you see what it can do for you then you may be tempted to upgrade to Pro so you can earn even more money from your site visitors.

CartFlows Pro

The CartFlows Pro plan is very competitively priced at $299 per year.

On the CartFlows Pro plan, you get access to all the bells and whistles.

Here’s what you can do with the Pro plan:

  • Access to premium level templates
  • Use an unlimited number of funnels
  • Use conversion-focused checkout pages
  • Edit your checkout pages
  • Provide visitors with special offers
  • Use order bumps
  • Up-sell and down-sell features
  • Abandoned cart technology
  • Full user support
  • Access to the CartFlows community
  • How-to video guides

Comparing the two plans, you can see that you do, in fact, get a lot for your money when you choose to buy CartFlows Pro.

I particularly like the up-sell, down-sell, and order bump features, as well as the conversion-focused checkout pages as these features, can increase your revenue dramatically.

Being able to edit your checkout pages is also an important feature to have, in my opinion.

CartFlows Pros & Cons

CartFlows Pros

  • Integrates with WordPress
  • Huge range of WP plugins available
  • Integrates with WooCommerce
  • Is affordable
  • Is compatible with WordPress page builders
  • Can build an unlimited number of funnels
  • Also works like a shopping cart solution
  • Has an abandoned cart feature
  • Easy to use

CartFlows Cons

  • Membership funnels need an additional WP plugin
  • No A/B split testing (at present)
  • Lack of instruction videos

CartFlows FAQ’s

Who Is Behind CartFlows?

CartFlows was founded by Adam Preiser of WP Crafter and co-founded by Sujay Pawer of Brainstorm Force. He’s also the guy who created the famous Astra theme for WordPress.

They created it to provide an integrative funnel solution for WordPress users.

Personally, I have been a follower of the WP Crafter YouTube Channel for a few years now since Adam really knows his stuff. For me, this gives CartFlows much more credibility as a good integrative funnel solution for WordPress.

Can I use CartFlows With Shopify?

As far as I am aware, it does not integrate with other platforms like Shopify, only WordPress, and WooCommerce.

Which Payment Gateways Are Compatible With CartFlows?

CartFlows can integrate with the most popular payment gateways including PayPal, Stripe, Square, Amazon Pay, Auth.net, and any other payment gateway that is compatible with WooCommerce.

CartFlows – Parting Shot

If you’re a WordPress user in need of a sales funnel then CartFlows is definitely a good choice for you.

This new funnel builder plugin for WordPress very affordable and will enable you to build pretty much any kind of funnel you might need.

CartFlows comes with a few customizable templates you can use to speed up the build process.

The plugin is easy to use, however, if you’re not that familiar with WordPress then you may have a bit of a learning curve ahead of you. That being said, knowing how to create high converting funnels is a very important skill so it is worth taking a bit of time to get this skill down.

If you’re not quite sure yet if CartFlows is for you then you can also take it for a test drive with the free plugin.

Need more info? See the official CartFlows website here.

Looking For More Products Reviews?

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One Funnel Away Challenge Review: Is It Right For You?

The OFA Challenge review featured image

If you’re looking to start a business online or you want to scale your existing business with sales funnels to increase your revenue then you may have come across the One Funnel Away Challenge.

The OFA Challenge has created a lot of talk online recently with quite a few people sharing the results they’ve gotten in a relatively short space of time.

However, not everyone has success when they go through the 30 Days Challenge.

So, why is that..?

There are several reasons, which I will share with you here in my One Funnel Away Challenge review.

Although I do honestly think it’s a great course, it is not for everyone, so please do read this article before you buy the OFA Challenge.

I also recommend you check out the FAQ’s at the bottom of this page.

What to know the next OFA Challenge start dates?

What Is The One Funnel Away Challenge?

The One Funnel Away Challenge is a 30-day step-by-step training program to help you to launch a successful business online.

In the training, the coaches give you detailed instructions from start to finish along with ready-made templates to help you get set up as quickly as possible.

The training focuses on these main areas:

  • How to find a niche that you will be able to make money in
  • How to quickly create your own products
  • How to craft an irresistible offer
  • How to build a funnel that converts visitors into buyers
  • How to establish and build your brand
  • How to get traffic to your funnel and start making money

If you don’t have or you don’t want to create your own products then you can also use the OFA Challenge for affiliate marketing and promote other people’s products as an affiliate.

You will need to follow along with the training and complete the missions each day so you don’t fall behind.

You can’t skip ahead as each mission will automatically unlock on a daily basis.

Personally, I like this approach as it has proven to work in getting more people to take action and get the tasks done. This makes it far more likely for a person to have success with the One Funnel Away Challenge.

You're just one funnel away

What Do You Get When You Sign Up For The OFA Challenge?

When you sign up for the Challenge you actually get a lot for your money.

When you buy the OFA Challenge, you get the following:

  • 30 Days Training With Russell and The Coaches
  • 30Days.com Summit Interviews
  • OFA Challenge Kit

What’s In The OFA Challenge Kit?

The One Funnel Away Challenge Kit is a box about the size of a large shoebox that will get shipped to your house.

Inside the box you get the following:

The One Funnel Away Challenge Workbook

The workbook is for you to use during each day of the Challenge. It contains the mission briefs and activity sections for you to fill out each day.

The 30Days.com Hardcover Book

The 30Days.com book is a large 541-page hardcopy book. It contains the exact strategies the top 30 2 Comma Club members have used to earn over $1M from a single funnel they built using ClickFunnels.

MP3 Player

The OFA Challenge MP3 player contains the recordings of each of the mission training over the 30 days.

The MP3 player is great if you need to refresh on the training. You can listen while you’re out shopping, working out, or doing your daily chores.

What Are The 30Days.com Summit Interviews?

When you join the One Funnel Away Challenge, you will get access to your member’s area, regardless if you have signed up early and the Challenge has not yet started.

Inside, you will see the 30Days.com Summit Interviews, which are interviews with 30 highly successful ClickFunnles entrepreneurs. These people have all made at least $1,000,000 through using a ClickFunnels funnel.

Each interviewee shares the strategies they would use if they had to do it all over again from scratch. The premise is, if you lost all your money, your reputation, your client base and your traffic sources, what would you do to earn everything back in 30 days?

During each interview, the entrepreneurs share the exact strategy they would use and show you the blueprint for the funnel they would set up to make it happen. That’s pretty awesome!

The OFA Challenge box
The One Funnel Away Challenge box

How Much Does The One Funnel Away Challenge Cost?

Right now, you can sign up for the OFA Challenge for just $100.

Personally, in my opinion, this is a crazy low price for the amount of value you get.

For example, I know people who have paid the $100 just because they wanted the 30Days.com book and other people who have joined just to get the summit interviews.

Having been through the training myself, I would say the core training of the Challenge alone is worth 10X the price you pay.

When Are The Next OFA Challenge Start Dates?

The OFA Challenge is not open to join at any time, but they do run it fairly frequently at the moment.

However, there has been talk that ClickFunnels may not continue to run the Challenge in the future.

So, if you’re interested in doing the Challenge then I highly recommend registering for the next event now.

You can check the next OFA Challenge start dates here:

What You Will Learn In The One Funnel Away Challenge

When you register for the One Funnel Away Challenge, besides having access to the summit interviews and the 30Days.com book, you will learn how to build a business from start to launch in 30 days.

The OFA Challenge cuts out all the crap you don’t need to know to get your business up and running and focuses on the core things to get to launch.

The training is broken down into different modules over  5 weeks. Here’s what you’ll learn during each week.

OFA Challenge Week 0: Pre-Training

The pre-training week module will be unlocked straight away, regardless if you sign up to the Challenge early and it hasn’t started yet.

The pre-training is focused on getting the right entrepreneur mindset in order to have success online.

While this module is definitely worth taking, I must warn you, the OFA Challenge pre-training is also a bit of a pitchfest for their height-ticket course, Funnel Builder Secrets.

While Funnel Builder Secrets is a great training package (I also bought it myself), you do not need it to achieve success with the OFA Challenge.

If, however, you do decide to upgrade and buy the Funnel builder Secrets package, you will get very detailed online marketing training for building and launching your own products. You will also get other advanced training programs and a considerable price reduction on your ClickFunnels subscription as well as access to the copywriting software program, Funnel Scripts.

If you want to know more about the Funnel Builder Secrets program then you can see the info and pricing here.

Now, Funnel Builder Secrets aside, when you first sign up for the OFA Challenge, all of the summit interviews will also be unlocked. So it’s well worth signing up for the Challenge early so you can have time to go through some of those interviews before the core training starts.

If you join the Challenge and don’t have time to watch the summit videos before then that’s no problem as you can also watch these any time you want since you’ll have lifetime access to them.

OFA Challenge pre training week

OFA Challenge Week 1:

During the first week of the training, Russell, Steve, and Julie first train you on how to choose a great niche that you will be able to make money in.

Then, Russell explains how you can spy on your competitors in the niche and discover exactly what they’re doing to have success, what kind of products they are promoting, how they’re putting their offers together, and how they’re getting their traffic.

Russell explains how you can create your products very quickly while Julie shows you over her shoulder, exactly how to do the steps.

You will learn how to get your logo and eCovers done to make your products look really professional.

OFA Challenge week one

OFA Challenge Week 2:

In week 2 you’ll learn all about creating on different platforms such as YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, podcasts, and blogging.

Russell will teach you how to craft the backstory behind your brand, how to come up with compelling hooks that will hook people into your content and ultimately buy from you and how to put it all together in a way that people will find engaging.

OFA week two

OFA Challenge Week 3:

Week 3 is when you start to create your funnel.

Russell starts off by explaining the core funnel strategy so you understand how it all works.

Fortunately, you don’t have to build your funnel from scratch.

Russell gives you a massive shortcut by giving you 5 different funnel templates that are already set up for the training. All you need to do is pick the one you want to use and customize it as they show you.

Over the week, you’ll be setting up the squeeze page, the sales page, the OTO page (one time offer), and the member’s area. You’ll also be plugging in all the pieces of the product you made in the previous weeks.

OFA week three

OFA Challenge Week 4:

In the final week of the training you’ll be learning about the three different types of traffic and how to flood your funnel with highly targeted potential customers.

This is the week when you can actually start to make money with your funnel.

While a number of people have made sales with their funnel even before the 30 days Challenge has finished, most people do not.

For most, they then need to continue to drive traffic and build their audience over the following weeks and months and make tweaks to their funnel and offer.

The One Funnel Away Challenge final week

Who Are The OFA Challenge Coaches?

Now let’s meet the OFA Challenge coaches. You’ll have sessions with 3 top-level online marketers, each with their unique skill sets.

Russell Brunson

Russell Brunson is the brains behind ClickFunnels and is regarded by many as one of the most successful online entrepreneurs of our time.

He’s a master of marketing strategy, sales, conversions, and traffic.

Each day begins with training from Russell on the daily mission. He will give you the knowledge and understanding you need to build a successful business.

He’ll help you put all the pieces of the puzzle together so you can see how everything works.

Julie Stoian

Julie Stoian is a key figure in ClickFunnels and is the Vice-President of Marketing for the company. She’s a successful entrepreneur in her own right and a member of the famous 2 Comma Club.

In her training videos, Julie will show you the “how to’s” of Russell’s training. She will show you over her shoulder, how to complete the tasks for each day in a step-by-step process.

Stephen Larsen

Stephen Larsen, another 2 Comma Club members, is also a key figure in the ClickFunnels company.

When he first joined the company he sat next to Russell for 2 years and learned everything there is to know about funnel building and building an online business directly from the master himself.

In the Challenge, you will have daily coaching calls with Stephen to give you deeper insight into the day’s lessons and motivate you to stay on track.

He’s kind of a crazy guy, fun and full of energy. The OFA Challenge was my first introduction to Stephen and at first, I thought, “who is this crazy guy..?!” But when he shares his insights, man, I was really surprised at the depth of knowledge and understanding this guy has.

Some of the things he shares are also profound. I had several light bulb moments listening to Stephen.

Who Is The OFA Challenge For?

I’m gonna warn you now, the OFA Challenge is not for everyone.

If you want to build an online business around any of the following models then the OFA Challenge is for you:

  • Creating your own digital products
  • Selling physical products
  • Selling services such as coaching and consulting
  • Promoting other people’s products as an affiliate

You also need to be prepared to put in the time and effort to do the work and not expect to be a millionaire overnight.

Who The OFA Challenge Is NOT For

If you’re looking for a push-button system that requires little or no effort on your part (they don’t exist by the way) then do not join the OFA Challenge, it’s not for you.

If you are expecting to build a successful business without investing time and money into your business and your own education then it is not for you.

If you think the coaches will do everything for you then the Challenge is not for you.

Is The Challenge Doable In 30 Days?

When I first signed up for the Challenge I was under the impression that I’d need to spare about 1 hour a day, maybe 2hrs tops on some days.

But this wasn’t the case….

I can’t remember where I got that idea from, but it seemed that a lot of other people in the OFA Challenge Facebook group also thought the same thing.

The reality is different, though.

On most days, it will take you at least an hour just to watch the daily videos, including Stephen’s webinar coaching call.

You then gotta do the tasks.

There are some days where the tasks won’t take you hardly any time at all. On other days, tasks may take you an hour or two to complete.

If you’re creating your own products then you will also need to spread out the time needed to do that over several weeks.

If you’ve got some money to pay people to do some tasks for you (as Russell shows) then that’s great, you’ll get them done a lot quicker.

Alternatively, instead of spending money, you can spend your time doing all the tasks yourself.

When it comes to the weekends, it’s also important to realize that there will be additional tasks on some of them, but not all.

There are also some weekends that Russell has reserved to give you a couple of extra catch up days in case you need extra time to watch the training and do tasks.

If you’re gonna do the Challenge then I highly recommend keeping your diary as clear as possible for those 30 days.

If you wanna give yourself the best chance you can to have success then it’s best to schedule weekends away or plans with friends and family for the next month.

So, is the OFA Challenge doable in 30 days? Yes, but you’ll need to focus and commit to it for the 30 day period.

If you’ve already got a business up and running and you already have products then you’ll already be halfway along. If you’re creating a business from scratch then you’ll need more time to create or find assets to sell.

Why I Signed Up For The Challenge

The Challenge can help you to build all kinds of businesses.

It doesn’t matter if you want to create your own digital products, sell other peoples as an affiliate, generate leads for a traditional business like real estate, build an MLM, sell a service or operate a dropship model.

However, it seems that most people join to sell their own products.

For me, I didn’t have my own product at the time as my main business model is affiliate marketing.

I signed up because I was interested in expanding my marketing knowledge and wanted to see if there were more effective strategies I could learn that would help me as an affiliate. I also wanted the bonuses and was very curious to see what the training was all about.

The cost of the Challenge is so low and I could see straight away that the bonuses alone are worth way more than the $100 they charge to take the Challenge.

What I Like About The Challenge

There are loads of great things about the Challenge. What I like best about it is the way it is structured really makes you focus and get stuff done.

So many people have an idea to build a business and are proactive for a few weeks or maybe a few months, but then they lose focus and give up.

It’s also very common that entrepreneurs spend months and sometimes even years, trying to build their business but focus on the wrong tasks that lead down dead ends.

Russell, Julie and Stephen keep you focused every day on the exact tasks you need to complete to give you the best chance of success.

What I Don’t Like About The Challenge

There’s really so much in the course that 30 days seems a bit rushed. Personally, I think it would be better to charge a higher price for entry and spread the Challenge over 45 days.

While many people do complete the Challenge and have success on their first go, some people fall behind in the tasks or get distracted by other things so extra time could be helpful.

On the flip side, since the One Funnel Away Challenge price is so low many people do it 2 or even 3 times to either complete the steps they didn’t get to or to launch a whole new business.

After all, if you needed to take the Challenge a second time to get everything completed and launched, is $200 really large investment?

While $200 will, of course, mean different things to different people, it is not a lot of money to invest to launch a business.

OFA Challenge Pros and Cons

OFA Pros

  • Low entry cost to take the Challenge
  • Loads of great bonuses that are worth a lot more than the price you pay
  • Training from 3 highly successful, experienced and respected marketers
  • Clear direction so you know exactly what to focus on and what not to
  • Lifetime access to the 30 Days Summit videos
  • Excellent step-by-step instructions with examples to follow
  • Additional daily coaching videos with Stephen
  • Potential to launch an online business within 30 days or soon after
  • Access to the private member’s Facebook group

OFA Cons

  • Quite a lot to get done in 30 days
  • Little direction on using the Challenge for affiliate marketers

One Funnel Away Challenge FAQ’s

When Is The Next OFA Start Date?

The Challenge is not run all the time, however, it is fairly frequent at the moment. You can check the next start dates here.

What Are The OFA Challenge Bonuses?

The One Funnel Away Challenge bonuses are:

  • The 30 Days Summit Interviews
  • The 30Days.Com Book
  • OFA Challenge Recordings On MP3
  • One Funnel Away Challenge Workbook

Is There a Money-Back Guarantee?

Yes, if it’s not for you then all you need to do is send the One Funnel Away Challenge box back within 30 days of its arrival for a full refund.

What Is The 2 Comma Club?

The 2 Comma Club is a private members club for all the people who have generated at least 1 million dollars ($1,000,000 USD) through using ClickFunnels.

You can see all the 2 Comma Club members listed on the 2 Comma Club website.

Do I Need To Have My Own Products?

No, you do not need to have your own products to do the OFA Challenge. Russell and the team will show you how you can create or source products during the training. Alternatively, you can use the Challenge to promote other people’s products as an affiliate.

What Is The Funnel Rolodex?

The Funnel Rolodex is a resource created by ClickFunnels. It is a marketplace where you can find people with online skills that you can hire to do tasks for you. Tasks include logo and eCover creation, funnel building, copywriting, video animation, and more.

If you have online skills then you can also sign up to list your services and offer them to other people and earn an extra income.

Can I Be An Affiliate For The OFA Challenge?

Yes, you can promote the OFA Challenge as an affiliate. Existing affiliates (pre-Sept 2019) will earn $100 per sign-up. Affiliates who signed up after this date will earn $40 per sale, but can increase this to $100 per sale once they qualify for the higher-level commissions.

Do I Need To Be a ClickFunnels User To Join The Challenge?

No, you do not need to be a ClickFunnels user to join the Challenge. However, you will need to get a subscription in week 2 if you want to continue to complete all the tasks. When you sign up you get a 14-day free trial.

Do I Need To Have Online Marketing Experience?

No, you do not need to have any marketing experience as it is designed to be for both beginner and experienced marketers. However, you will likely progress through the tasks more quickly if you have experience.

How Can I Get The One Funnel Away Challenge For Half Price or Free?

While there are no discount offers on the entry price as it is already heavily discounted at $100. However, you can promote the OFA Challenge as an affiliate and essentially get the Challenge for free by referring a couple of other people.

Is The OFA Challenge A Scam?

No, the OFA Challenge is a legit course. There are a lot of people who have had success with the Challenge and some who have had tremendous success. However, it is important to realize that the reality is that, if you do not have any online marketing experience then, like with anything, it is unlikely you will have success on your first attempt.

You may need to go through the process several times before you start to have success.

How Quickly Can I Make Money With The OFA Challenge?

A number of people have made sales with their funnel even before the 30 days Challenge has finished, however, most people do not and some not at all. The OFA Challenge is not a guarantee of success.

Like with anything, it depends on how well you understand the material and your commitment to making it work.

For most, they then need to continue to drive traffic and build their audience over the following weeks and months and make tweaks to their funnel and offer before start making sales.

Is The One Funnel Away Challenge a Non Profit?

The OFA Challenge is not a non-profit in the strict sense. However, ClickFunnels does not earn any money from the front end sales as this goes to the referring affiliates. ClickFunnels make money once people sign up to use ClickFunnels or any of their other products during the training.

You can also use the Challenge to help build your own non-profit organization.

If I Cancel My ClickFunnels Account Will I Lose My OFA Challenge?

No, if you want to cancel your ClickFunnels account or put your account on pause then you will still have access to the OFA Challenge while it is running. You will also have lifetime access to the bonuses.

Final Thoughts

So there you have it, The One Funnel Away Challenge is definitely a legit opportunity that can help you get your next business off the ground and launched in a very short space of time.

Even if you already have a business, but you would like to launch a profitable funnel then, in my opinion, the OFA Challenge is definitely a good course to help you do it.

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Morevago Review: A Social Proof Plugin To Boost Conversion Rates?

Morevago Review

With all the challenges that come with running an online business, getting people to actually take action and buy your stuff is one of the most difficult parts.

While there are several things you can do to help improve your conversion rate, one of the simplest and most effective is to leverage your customer testimonials.

It goes without saying, collecting positive reviews and testimonials from your customers is massively important. However, not everyone will necessarily see them.

In particular, the people you want to see your reviews are the people who are considering buying a product similar to yours and are looking at different options and the ones who are already on the fence to do business with you.

Morevago promises to solve this issue and, at the same time, increase your conversion rate and get more people to buy from you.

But how good is it, and is it worth your time?

I’ll give you the lowdown in this Morevago review.

Already know you want to give Morevago a try? Before you buy it, you can get a Morevago free trial here.

Morevago Review: How Does Morevago Work?

Morevago uses clever social pop technology to show your site visitors your testimonials and customer reviews at the best possible times.

You can enable Mroevago to showcase what people are saying about you, your business and your products on any page of your website, landing page or funnel.

If you have a large website then you can also enable it to work on multiple pages.

Stats show that, nowadays, around 91% of people read reviews online. Of those 91% of people, around 84% of them say they trust online reviews as much as they do a personal recommendation, according to this article on inc.com.

That’s huge!

Why Is Social Proof Important?

Social proof is so important nowadays that online businesses will struggle to survive if they don’t have it.

One of the most powerful influences you can have on a potential customer is showing him or her evidence that other consumers are purchasing your products and are getting good value from it.

Reviews go a long way toward reassuring people that they will have a good experience doing business with you.

Getting people to visit your websites and landing pages is hard enough. Getting them to take action and buy from you is even harder.

It’s a challenge a lot of entrepreneurs struggle with. We could all use some help with conversion, and that’s exactly what Morevago’s been designed to do.

Does Morevago Boost Conversion Rates?

According to Morevago, the customers using their social proof popup see an average increase in conversions of around 37%.

While we can’t verify those numbers, it does make sense that if reviews in general increase conversions, then if you can put them directly in front of a customer before they buy, then there should be some further increase in conversion rate.

You may also like: Funnel Scripts review – another tool to boost conversions

What I Like About Morevago

  1. What I particularly like about Morevago is that it basically acts like a “sticky reviews” plugin.

    Customer reviews stick to your landing pages and are shown to your customers at exactly the right time that they will be most useful and persuasive.

    Therefore, enabling a snazzy little popup on your landing pages can help to improve our conversion rate.
  2. Morevago is easy to use. All you need to do is copy the pixel onto your website and you’re ready to go. You do not need to be technical to use it.
  3. The popup is customizable, you can add an image and even hyperlinks in the popup window if you wish.
  4. It’s very affordable. Please see Morevago pricing below.
  5. You get a 14-day free trial
  6. You’re not locked into any contract so you can stop using it whenever you want

What I Don’t Like about Morevago

While this is not an entirely negative point, with Morevago you need to add the reviews manually.

While this can take time, it will enable new businesses to start using the tool straight away and demonstrating proof via the testimonials they’ve already collected from their costumes.

Unfortunately, there will also likely be some people who will use Morevago and add fake reviews. While this may fool a lot of site visitors, there will always be some people who can spot a fake review.

On the plus side though, if you are adding the reviews yourself then there will be no danger or an unscrupulous competitor writing bad reviews of your products that automatically get shown to your visitors.

Tips For Getting The Most Out Of Morevago

Morevago gives you a wide range of customization options. You can easily do all of the following to make your reviews more attractive:

  • Condense reviews into short, effective snippets for use in the Morevago popup
  • Add emojis for additional persuasiveness
  • Include links leading to more in-depth reviews in the Morevago popup
  • Test different review set-ups to determine which is most effective for you

What Else Does Morevago Help With?

By using Morevago, you can take control of when and where your visitors see your testimonials and target them to the most effective conversion points in your funnel.

With Morevago, you can show your visitors that you are:

  • Safe to do business with
  • Trusted by other buyers
  • Offering good products that deliver great value

What Platforms Does Morevago Integrate With?

The core functionality of Morevago is delivered through javascript. This makes the tool easy to integrate into virtually any sales platform.

You just need to install the Morevago code on the pages where you want your reviews to appear in pop-up form.

All of the following platforms are fully compatible with Morevago:

  • WordPress
  • Shopify
  • Squarespace
  • Homestead
  • Wix
  • ClickFunnels
  • Thrive
  • Weebly
  • GoDaddy
  • web.com
  • YP
  • Convertri
  • Builderall
  • LeadPages
  • Unbounce
  • Instapage
  • GetResponse
  • Pagewiz
  • Launchrock
  • ShortStack
  • KickoffLabs
  • Lander
  • Landingi
  • Optimizely
  • OptimizePress

Morevago Pricing – What’s The Cost?

Morevago is available at four different price points.

Each package provides a different range of needs. The entry-level plan is very affordable.

This makes Morevago a realistic option for brand-new businesses as well as more established ones.

Here is how the pricing plans break down:

Starter Plan

  • 1 Domain
  • Unlimited Visitors
  • Unlimited Reviews
  • Morevago-Branded Popups

Price – $14.99 per month

Plus Plan

  • 1 Domain
  • Unlimited Visitors
  • Unlimited Reviews
  • No Morevago Branding

Price – $19.99 per month

Premium Plan

  • 1-5 Domains
  • Unlimited Visitors
  • Unlimited Reviews
  • No Morevago Branding

Price – $24.99 per month

Agency Plan

  • Unlimited Domains
  • Unlimited Visitors
  • Unlimited Reviews
  • No Morevago Branding

Price – $197 per month

Final Thoughts

Morevago is an affordable, effective tool to help you convert visitors into customers. It can increase the exposure of your reviews, making sure they have a positive impact on the buying decision.

Morevago is easy to integrate into your existing sales platform, and the tool is quite user-friendly.

I recommend taking advantage of the Morevago 14-day trial to get a first-hand taste of what it can do for your business.

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Funnel Scripts Review – Write Great Copy In Half The Time

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Are you struggling to write great copy to sell your products?

Perhaps you’ve been blowing a brain cell trying to think of what to write in your email sequences that will captivate your audience?

You may have been spending a ton of money on ads only to avail in a measly amount of clicks?

Or maybe you’re trying to promote affiliate offers but people just aren’t clicking your links?

There’s no denying it, good copywriting skills is an essential part of building a successful online business.

Without it, you’ll likely make next to no money and eventually quit.

However, when you get it right then just a few small tweaks can make a huge difference.

For example, as a blogger, I was amazed the first time I made a tiny tweak to a headline based on psychological copywriting principles and saw the impact it had on both clicks and sales.

If you’ve been trying to learn copywriting yourself then you’ll already realize it’s difficult and it takes a long time to master.

The common alternative is to pay a professional copywriter to write your copy for you. If you can afford it, that is; they’re pretty expensive.

However, professional copywriter Jim Edwards and his marketing buddy, Russell Brunson have created another alternative that they say is much quicker and more cost-effective.

It’s a push-button software program that can write your sales copy for you. They call it Funnel Scripts.

Since I recently purchased this product, today, I am going to be diving deep into exactly what it can do and whether or not you really need it for your business.

So, here in my Funnel Scripts review 2020 I will give you the lowdown on the complete software, including the free headline generator you can use to test it out before you buy.

Funnel Scripts Review: What Does It Do?

Funnel Scripts has been developed to give everyone the ability to quickly create professional-level sales copy without having to pay expensive copywriters to do it for you.

It works by using templates based on some of the best performing copywriting scripts in history and structuring them around the content you input that is specific to your market, audience and the products or services you are promoting.

Jim Edwards, the creator of Funnel Scripts, has included templates to enable you to create sales copy for a large number of reasons including, ad copy, landing pages, video, and written sales letters, headlines, email sequences, webinars and more.

Basically, you spend a few minutes inputting some data about your audience, product, the benefits and so forth, then press a button. Funnel Scripts will then generate multiple variations that you can choose from. 

Who Is Funnel Scripts For?

Most businesses need to use some kind of sales copy. If you’re trying to sell your own products, promote offers as an affiliate, collect leads, you need to write ads or you need to email your subscribers then you will need to have some kind of copy.

As a blogger, I also realized that I can benefit a lot by improving the headlines of my posts.

Copywriting is a hard to learn skill and does not come naturally to most people. However, if you already have this skill then it’s probably not necessary for you to buy Funnel Scripts unless you just want a faster way of doing it.

If copywriting is something that gives you a headache, it’s a task that takes you hours without really knowing how effective it’s going to be or if you outsource it but pay a hefty price for it then Funnel Scripts will be a big benefit to you.

What I Like About Funnel Scripts

When you first buy Funnel Scripts and get inside the member’s area you will notice there is a huge amount of stuff in there for you to dive into.

There are several features I really like, but some of my favorites are the following:

A large number of scripts available

Funnel Scripts is not just a headline generator; it’s not only used for writing ad copy; it can be used for much more than just creating your email sequences.

It is a very powerful program which, gives you the ability to create copy for any kind of purpose you could imagine.

Good quality copy produced

When I first heard about Funnel Scripts, I must admit I was a little skeptical as to how good the copy it produces might be.

Many years ago I purchased a headline and sales page generator, but it was mediocre at best. However, that was around 2007 and fortunately, software has come a very long way since then.

I was more than pleasantly surprised to see that the quality of the copy produced by Funnel Scripts not only reads well, but it also keeps to the structure of professionally written copy that creates engagement.

You can create copy very quickly

There are no two ways about it, Funnel Scripts is fast.

Compared to writing copy yourself or even outsourcing it to a professional and waiting for your copy to come back, Funnel Scripts can bash out your copy in minutes.

When you use one of the script generators, it will ask you to fill in some boxes with data about your product and target audience. Depending on the script you’re using this can take around 10-20 minutes.

Then, all you do is hit the build button and wham! Your copy is generated.

The copywriting script generators will produce a few different variations for you to choose from, all of which are fully editable by you if you need to.

Copywriting training included if you want to learn this skill yourself

If you’re using Funnel Scripts then you don’t need to learn copywriting yourself.

However, knowing a bit about the formulas of creating great copy and how it leads your audience to take the action you desire will help you to get even better results with the copy you generate.

I have always been interested in copywriting and the psychology behind it.

While I do now use Funnel Scripts myself, I am still interested in and fully intend to learn more about it to improve my skills in this area.

So I was pleased to see a number of training videos that are also in the member’s area if you do have the inclination to learn more about writing great copy.

Monthly copywriting webinars

Creator, Jim Edwards, is really passionate and proactive about Funnel Scripts.

Since copywriting is a skill that is close to his heart and he wants his members to get the most out of using his product, he holds monthly training webinars that you can sign up for for free.

You can also watch the latest webinar replay in the member’s area if you can’t make it live.

monthly Funnel Script training webinars

Pimp My Funnel

If you want expert help with your sales copy, from Jim Edwards himself then you can apply to be featured in an episode of Funnel Scripts Tips, which are Jim’s copywriting tips webinars.

Since there’s so many users of the software it’s not guaranteed that you will get chosen. However, you can keep applying if you want to get his help directly. If you are chosen then it can make a huge difference to your business.

Extra bonuses

When you buy Funnel Scripts you will also notice you get 4 extra bonuses in the member’s area. These bonuses are:

Bonus #1 – Inception Secrets

This is a training that marketer Russell Brunson gave to his inner circle a few years ago. He shows you how to be able to sell anything to anyone and make it seem like it’s their idea to buy from you. It will teach you how to plant the seeds of desire inside a person’s head so they will naturally want to buy your stuff.

Inception Secrets bonus

Bonus #2 – 5 Fast Funnels

Here they give you access to the 5 most popular and commonly used funnel that you’ll likely need to use online.

Funnel scripts bonuses list

Bonus #3 – Copywriting Secrets Master Class

This is a course Jim created to help people get high-impact results from their sales copy without having to hire a copywriter. He also teaches you some simple tweaks that can make a huge difference to your conversions.

Copywriting Secrets Masterclass Bonus

Bonus #4- Live Monthly Training with Jim

Each month you can join Jim live on his monthly webinars to learn how to get the most out of Funnel Scripts and sell more stuff.

Jim Edwards monthly webinars

What I Don’t Like About Funnel Scripts

The navigation is a bit crowded

Since there’s so much inside the Funnel Scripts members area it can take you a while to get to grips with it.

Some of the features are hidden within other tabs, which can take you some time to find where everything is when you first use it.

It’s quite expensive

The sale price of $797 might be quite steep for a lot of small businesses and solopreneurs to shell out at one time.

However, if creating effective sales copy is a big part of your business then it will save you a lot of money over time not having to pay a professional copywriter, whose fees are usually very high.

Available Scripts

In this section, I’ll share with you all the different kinds of scripts you can create and show you screenshots of each section so you’ll know exactly what’s in there.

Not only are there quite a few different categories of scripts you can generate, but each category also has several different types of scripts. This is good so you can drill down to create exactly the right kind of script you need for the right channel you are promoting through.

Online scripts
DotCom Secrets Scripts
Expert Secrets Scripts
Sales Copy Video Scripts

Funnel Scripts Pricing

Funnel Scripts used to be a yearly subscription at $497 per year.

However, in 2019 the Funnel Scripts pricing changed to $797 for lifetime access.

While this is a fairly high price to pay initially, if you will need to write good sales copy in your business on an ongoing basis then this is a better deal than the original price of Funnel Scripts.

Basically, you need to consider how important it is to you and your business to write good copy before you buy Funnel Scripts.

For example, if you need to regularly write emails to your list, headlines for your blog posts, ads, and landing pages or if you’re regularly creating ads and need them to always perform well then it may be worth it to you to invest in the Funnel Scripts lifetime deal.

Whether you should buy Funnel Scripts or not will depend on several factors. You need to weigh up the following:

  • How often you will need to create copy
  • How much money would it cost you to outsource it to a professional copywriter
  • How much time would it cost you if you decide to learn copywriting yourself
  • How much might it cost you in both time and money to do it yourself through trial and error

Funnel Scripts Free Trial

When people hear about this software they often ask, is there a Funnel scripts free trial?

The answer is, Yes.

However, while there are a large number of scripts you can create with Funnel Scripts to make copy for all kinds of reasons, there is only the Funnel Scripts free headline generator that can be used on the free trial.

If, while you’re reading this Funnel Scripts review, you’re interested in taking this sales copy generator for a test-drive then you can try the Funnel Scripts headline generator for free here.

Funnel Scripts free headline generator

Funnel Scripts Webinar

Jim Edwards and Funnel Scripts co-founder, Russell Brunson created an hour-long copywriting webinar that teaches some important fundamentals of copywriting that marketers and entrepreneurs need to understand.

While, of course, this webinar does also promote the Funnel Scripts product, they show you everything the software can do, what you get when you invest and how to get all your copy from sales letters, webinar scripts, ads, and even email sequences written in under 10 minutes.

If you’re not interested to buy Funnel Scripts but you do want to learn more about copywriting then I still recommend you watch this webinar.

You can watch the Funnel Scripts webinar here.

the Funnel Scripts webinar wwith Jim Edwards and Russell Brunson

Funnel Scripts Pros and Cons

Like any product you buy, there will always be pros and cons. Here are the pros and cons of Funnel Scripts:

Funnel Scripts Pros

  • Instant access once you purchase
  • Easy to use
  • Instruction videos for each script
  • Many different script types for all kinds of marketing needs
  • Easy to use script generators
  • Data input fields allow you to customize scripts with your personality and to fit your audience
  • Multiple versions of each script generated to give you choice
  • Scripts can easily be edited
  • Example scripts included
  • Additional downloadable script wizards for more complex script creation
  • Lots of training videos
  • Monthly webinars
  • Additional bonuses included

Funnel Scripts Cons

  • Some scripts take time to enter all your data into the input fields
  • Sometimes the script can be a bit generic – fortunately you can customize and edit the scripts as needed
  • It can take a while to get your head around all the different available features
  • Initial price can be high for some small business owners and solopreneurs (fortunately, this has been improved slightly since Funnel Scripts has now been made a one-time purchase)

Final Thoughts

When you buy Funnel Scripts you certainly get a lot for your money.

Russell and Jim have included scripts for all kinds of copy you might need to create.

While the initial price tag of $797 can be expensive for a lot of entrepreneurs, if you’re going to be using it regularly then, in my opinion, it is worth the investment as it can save you both time and money moving forward.

So now, the question is, do you and your business need it..? Only you can answer that question.

If you’ve not already tried the free headline generator, why not try it out to see what it can do.

If you want to have a more detailed look at the product that goes beyond this Funnel Scripts review, and see it live in action then I highly recommend you join the free copywriting webinar with Jim and Russell.

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How To Build An Email List – A Quick Start-Guide

a woman learning how to build an email list for affiliate marketing

Email marketing is an essential part of running an effective business online. If you aren’t currently using it then you’re certainly missing a trick – and potentially also missing out on a lot of money.

It can seem daunting to think about building an email list but it is a lot easier than you might think.

Both businesses and bloggers need to harness the power of email; despite claims that this form of marketing is past its prime, it’s still a key part of online marketing strategy.

5 important reasons to build a list

  1. When you build and nurture an email list you are building a steady and reliable source of hot traffic that will be an asset to your business for years.
  2. If you decide to sell your business at any point in the future, having an active email list greatly increases the value of your business
  3. Cost – compared to other forms of marketing like direct mailshots, you can get started and set up an ongoing email marketing campaign with platforms like Aweber or ActiveCampaign for very little money.
  4. Gets those leads – no matter what industry or niche you’re working in, email marketing only requires a simple opt-in to get started. If someone is willing to at least look at what you are saying, then chances are they’ll also be interested in opt-in to receive free info, a giveaway offer, or a special discount from you.
  5. Mobile users – nowadays most people browse the internet via mobile. Studies have shown that the average mobile user now engages with email more than ever before.

Email marketing is alive and well and is the key to grabbing your audience before your competitors do.

Here’s a four-step approach to help you build your email list. This method also works well if you want to know how to build an email list for affiliate marketing.

How To Get Started Building Your Email List

Email marketing is something that is seen as a huge challenge for people just starting out.

If you doubt how effective email marketing is then you’ll need to shift your perspective on this first.

When Facebook bought WhatsApp for $21.8 billion, it was the user base ie the list that Zuckerburg was interested in.

All successful businesses today build an email list or a user base. While most of us don’t operate on the same level as Mark Zuckerburg, this is still applicable to every business.

Check out your competitors – what are they doing to grow their email marketing lists?

Do they have an opt-in form on their landing page?

Are they directing people to opt-in for free offers via their YouTube videos and social media posts?

What sort of marketing are they sending out?

Sign up for it and find out.

When you read their emails, if any, in particular, grab your attention, save them to a dedicated folder in your email account and collect some examples that you can use as templates when you start to form your own messages.

Don’t rip off their emails or copy them completely, but study them to see how they’re structured, what kind of message they are communicating. If the email is leading the reader to an offer, notice how they’re doing it.

Effective email marketing relies on well known psychological triggers. However, you don’t need to spend years to become a professional copywriter.

I highly recommend grabbing a copy of a book called Copywriting Secrets. The book’s currently being offered for free, you just pay the shipping.

Considering it’s being given away for free, I was surprised at just how good this book is for teaching you effective copywriting techniques that are easy to apply.

So, to get a good email marketing campaign off the ground you just need to follow a few simple steps.

4 Simple Steps To Build Your List

Choosing the right Traffic Source

When looking at driving customers to your email list you have to make the decision of whether to go for free or paid for traffic.

Each option has its advantages and disadvantages to consider:

Paid traffic

Paid traffic mainly involves paying for ads. There are quite a few forms this can take, but some of the most common are running PPC campaigns on Google, Facebook, and other social platforms, paying for ads on YouTube and paying for banner ads on other people’s websites.

Paid traffic has a big advantage in terms of speed – you don’t need to wait for a slow trickle of traffic, it tends to arrive all in one surge if you run a good campaign.

This can be appealing when starting from scratch when you don’t have the time or the patience to sit and wait for a list to develop organically.

The main disadvantage is, of course, cost.

Paid traffic can prove expensive and like with anything, the traffic doesn’t mean that every opt-in will convert to a sale.

Running new ads takes time as well as budget, so these things need to be weighed up against the potential advantages.

As simple as it sounds, there is a skill to paid traffic.

Unfortunately, a lot of newbie marketers are attracted to the allure of getting a quick ROI but instead end up burning through a lot of money.

If you know what you’re doing when it comes to paid traffic and you have the budget then this will certainly make sense to use this traffic source.

If you’ve never run paid ads before and you don’t know how well your funnel will convert then you’re probably better off starting with free traffic. However, if you really want to go the paid route then I highly recommend learning how to do it properly from someone with experience and a good track record before jumping in feet first.

Another effective way to grow your email list with paid traffic is through solo ads.

Solo ads are basically when you contact a person in your niche who already has a large list. You then pay them to email your landing page with your free lead magnet to their list.

While this can be a good way to build your list if you find a good vendor, you also need to bear in mind that, if the people on the vendor’s list don’t know you then they’ll only be opting in to receive your free offer.

The key then, to turn these subscribers into your fans is to have a good follow-up sequence that nurtures your subscribers and offers them a lot of value over time, which you should be doing anyway.

Free traffic

Free traffic is the organic traffic you get from the time spent putting out a lot of good quality content.

This content can be in the form of blog posts, videos, podcasts, and social media posts.

While paid traffic is a lot quicker, free traffic often is of higher value because those people are actively engaging with you. After all, they like your content.

Free traffic does not cost you money but it does cost you time.

For traffic to build organically it can take a while especially if there is no one else pushing people to subscribe.

So while having a slow steady trickle of new organic leads is what you’re aiming for, it is not going to happen quickly, certainly not overnight.

If you decide to go the free traffic route then it’s also highly advisable to choose just one source first. Once that source is well established then you can think about building a new traffic source.

If you particularly enjoy reading and writing then start a blog.

If you don’t like reading but you love watching videos or listening to podcasts then think about establishing your first traffic source on YouTube or one of the popular podcast platforms.

If you don’t like any of those things but you enjoy networking with people then consider starting a Facebook group where you can build an audience.

Ultimately, it is best to use a combination of both paid and free traffic so you can strategically build your lists. However, your choices will depend on the product you’re selling, the niche you’re working in and, of course, your skill level as a marketer.

If you have a solid on-site marketing funnel and some financial back up then starting with some paid traffic might be the way forward. You will then rely on the quality of your marketing to drive in both paid and organic subscribers over time.

Whatever you choose – paid or organic – you will need to set up an email opt-in funnel.

This is also a lot easier than it sounds!

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an email marketing campaign

Create an Email Opt-in Funnel

There are several ways you can go about this and there are a number of tools you can use to get this done.

How you go about it will also depend on your traffic source, which is why I spent more time on it in the section above.

Option if you have a blog

If you’re a blogger and already have your blog set up then the simplest way is to use a tool like OptinMonster or ThriveLeads to collect email subscribers and add them to your list.

With these tools, you can build a simple opt-in form that offers your lead magnet to your site visitors in exchange for their email.

Two great ways to use these tools on your site that I’ve had success with are by using popups and doing content upgrades in posts.

Option if you don’t have a blog

If you don’t have a website, you hate blogging and you have no desire at all to build a site then don’t worry, you don’t need one to build a list.

All you need is a landing page where you can direct traffic to, and an autoresponder to collect your emails.

While there are quite a few landing page builders out there, the best one I’ve used so far is GrooveFunnels.

Their landing page builder, known as GroovePages, is very easy to use and it even comes with a large number of templates ready to go.

All you need to do is choose one and customize it to get it how you want, which is very easy to do.

If you want to know more about this platform then you can read my in-depth GrooveFunnels review here.

Impressively, this page builder even has a free plan that is comparable to the ClickFunnels standard plan, which includes GroovePages and GrooveSell completely free for life.

You can get a free GroovePages and GrooveSell account here.

Connect an autoresponder

So whichever method you’re going with above, you’ll then need to connect your opt-in form to an autoresponder.

An autoresponder is a service you will need to use to collect and store your email list. It is also the place where you will run your email campaigns.

Through your autoresponder, you can create automated email campaigns that will send emails to your subscribers for you at the time intervals you set.

While it can take a bit of time initially writing out a few emails, once you have it set up, it will run on autopilot for you, which will save you a lot of time moving forward.

If you don’t want to write the emails yourself then you can do one of the following:

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My favorite two autoresponders for both newbies and experienced marketers are Aweber and GetResponse.

Both are newbie and affiliate-friendly, however, I’d say Aweber is probably the easier one to use. I also like Aweber’s simple “how-to” videos that show you how to get everything set up step-by-step.

Aweber is also affiliate marketing friendly so if affiliate marketing is your main business model then I’d recommend using these guys, especially if you’re a newbie.

ActiveCampaign is also a good choice, however, they are not very affiliate-friendly. They do allow affiliate marketers to use their platform but they are much more strict when it comes to affiliate marketing.

For example, they don’t like you to put affiliate links directly in your email content, but with Aweber, you can do this. With ActiveCampaign, you will first need to create bridge pages to direct people to first that will then lead to the affiliate offer you are promoting.

This is one reason I’d recommend Aweber over ActiveCampaign for newbie affiliate marketers.

If you want more options or if you’re already using an autoresponder but you’d like to switch to a different one, then check out my article on the best autoresponders to choose from.

So, once you’ve got your landing page set up with your opt-in form and you’re connected to your autoresponder, you’re ready to start bringing the traffic.

See also: How you can make money on ClickBank as a newbie

Offer Value

Most people will want something of real value if they are going to opt-in to your email list.

We’re all constantly receiving marketing messages nowadays. The amount of time and attention we spend on each is limited so you need to try to make yours stand out.

Making them a valuable offer is an important key to doing this.

But what can you offer?

Where will that value come from?

People love getting free stuff, especially if it’s got high perceived value.

So, you can use freebies to incentivize your target audience to opt into your list.

Of course, your offer will relate directly to your niche, but some ideas are:

Digital products – this is my personal favorite. Things like eBooks, a video that shows them how to do something, an audio recording that tells them something valuable or other digital information that you can create are great freebies.

Samples and trials – if you have a product or service then you can give your potential customer a chance to try you out. This does take a little effort especially if you have a physical product that needs to be shipped. But by showing confidence in your product can help you to seal the deal.

Physical freebies – Offering a free copy of a book in return for some personal info and a postage and packing fee is a good example of this.

If you don’t have time to create a freebie offer then there are other things you can do.

Here are two options:

  • You can buy the rights to an ebook or a digital course that you can give away form somewhere like plr.me or the plrstore.com
  • You can pay someone on upwork.com to create something bespoke for you

When it comes to getting your subscribers, there are also other ways to increase the chances of them taking action and opting in.

A lot of marketing relates directly to psychology so it is worth considering some of the following methods that you can leverage to encourage your subscribers.

Some of the most effective techniques include:

Social Proof – success stories, testimonials, and reviews show that others have benefited from your product or service.

Exclusivity – makes your subscribers feel that you are giving them something that no one else has and are providing unique and exclusive information.

Urgency – Urge them to act quickly by emphasizing how wasting time or money can be detrimental to them. Tools like ThriveLeads, OptinMonster, and ClickFunnels give you the ability to add countdown timers to your forms and landing pages, which can encourage people to take action now.

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4. Use Email to Continue to Build your Relationship

To have the most success with your email campaigns you need to keep communicating with your customers and try to build a good positive relationship over time. This can’t be done with one-off messages.

Autoresponders are great to automate the whole process and will send out emails for you at the time intervals you set.

But what should you be emailing your list about..?

Newbies often make the mistake of just bombarding their list with offers regularly. This is not an effective strategy as your subscribers will feel like you’re only interested in selling them something.

Doing this will get a lot of people to unsubscribe 

Yes, you can and should send them offers that they will likely be interested in, but that’s not the only thing you should be emailing them about.

A more effective strategy is to offer a lot of valuable help and information, especially in your first several emails. Then, when you do present them with an offer they will be much more likely to be receptive to it.

Here are a few things you can email them about.

Useful info – add links in your emails to blog posts or other useful info that could help them out.

Storytelling – you can tell them about your own story and how you grew your business as well as any other stories that they may relate to.

Questions – ask them questions about what they’re struggling with or share some insightful Q&A’s you had with other subscribers (don’t mention the person’s name you had the Q&A with unless they’ve permitted you to include it)

Be creative but keep it short and sweet.

Be personable in your messages and write like you’re talking to a friend.

If you’re collecting their name when they first subscribe, then personalize the emails by putting their name in the subject line and at the start of the email.

When you do present an offer, use calls to action and make sure the link goes to the right landing page. It’s wise to send yourself a test email to make sure everything’s working properly before sending it out for real.

Final Thoughts

Email traffic is highly targeted and so it makes sense that it’s also highly valuable!

It’s wise to get started building your list sooner rather than later. Although it can seem intimidating at first, it’s a lot easier than most people think to get it all set up.

Don’t just spam your list with a load of offers or you’ll burn your list out pretty quickly.

Nurture your list, treat them well and give them loads of valuable info for free. Build rapport with them and get them to look forward to opening your emails.

Then, when you do send your offers you’ll have a much better conversion rate and you won’t piss off your subscribers.

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Productivity Hacks For Solopreneurs

productivity hacks for solopreneurs

If you’re a solopreneur then I’m sure you, like me, now how important it is to be as productive with your time as possible.

However, many solopreneurs find it difficult to stay focused and productive when working alone.

There are a huge number of distractions all around us that suck or time and prevent us from moving forward.

Fortunately, there are several productivity hacks for solopreneurs that you can leverage to make yourself as efficient as possible.

The more effective you are with your time, not only will you reach your goals considerably faster, you’ll also have more time to spend with the people you love doing the things you enjoy.

10 Productivity Hacks For Solopreneurs & Entrepreneurs

Master your phone

As useful as they are, the phone is a huge distraction and productivity killer.

Here are some important tips to improve your productivity by mastering your phone:

  • Don’t switch on your phone during the first or last hour of the day (your sacred hours)
  • Put your phone on silent while working
  • Put your phone out of view when you’re working
  • Don’t look at your phone during your working blocks of time
  • Don’t check your phone during a working block when you’re stuck or procrastinating on a task
  • Don’t take unscheduled called calls during the day

Figure out your peak productivity times

We all have different times of the day when we’re at our most productive and most creative.

There’s not a one size fits all solution here. You’ll need to find your times and then schedule your tasks around what works best for you.

For example, some people love to wake up early while others are night owls. If you find that your mind seems to be the most focused during the evenings then that might be your most productive time of the day.

Personally, for myself I’m the most focused during late morning, so this is the time I focus on creative tasks like writing. I then reserve the afternoon for tasks that I can do well without having to think too hard about them.

Morning routine

If you can win the first hour of the day then you have a much stronger chance of winning the rest of the day.

There is a saying that the first hour of the day is the golden hour and so, should be dedicated to ourselves.

Use this hour to do things for yourself that will enhance your overall health, well being and sharpen our mind.

In this video below from Brian Tracy, he recommends spending the first hour reading something inspirational, motivational or something that you can learn to improve your income.

Here is a shortlist of things you can do to set you upright during the first hour of your day:

  • Meditate
  • Stretch
  • Work out
  • Read something positive
  • Journaling
  • Affirmations

You don’t need to spend the first hour on just one of these tasks. You can spend 10, 15 or 20 minutes on a few different ones.

To give you an example, at the moment the following is working well for me:

  • Stretch – 10mins
  • Meditate – 10mins
  • Read – 30mins
  • Affirmations – 10mins

Experiment with it to find what works for you.

Evening routine

Just as important as your morning routine is having a solid evening routine.

Make the final hour of your day a sacred time for you to wind down and get into a good state of relaxation before bed.

If you don’t do it at the end of your working day, then writing down the tasks you need to get done for the next day can be done at this time. Getting them out of your head and onto paper will help to clear your mind.

Don’t look at any type of screens within this last hour before bed. That includes TV and your phone as well as computers.

Sleep is super important for productivity and studies have shown that the blue light from screens will inhibit the production of melatonin, the hormone our body produces to help us sleep.

Blue light blockers can help, however, engaging with your phone, computer or the television before bed will stimulate the mind and inhibit a good night’s sleep.

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Listen to music

Listening to music can be a great way to help get you into your flow state.

I find instrumental music the most effective during my creative hours as music with lyrics can often be distracting. When I’m working on tasks that don’t need a lot of focus then it doesn’t seem to matter if the music has lyrics.

We’re all different so you’ll need to experiment and find what kind of music works best for you.

My personal favourites that I find the most effective when working is inspirational soundtrack music or upbeat classical music.

Definitely do not listen to playlists on YouTube while you’re working unless you have a paid subscription to YouTube otherwise you’ll be interrupted by annoying ads every few minutes. This can really kill your focus.

Tap into your flow state

You’ve probably heard of the term “flow state” before. It’s the state of mind that top athletes and high achievers get into for peak performance.

Some people also refer to it as “being in the zone”.

We’ve likely all had experiences of being in a flow state where you seemed to have an unbelievably sharp focus and everything seems to flow. However, for most people, these times are very few and far between and they have no idea how to access it at will.

Fortunately, we all have the ability to do it as it’s a state of mind that we can all access.

It’s like a muscle and the more you flex it, the stronger it will get.

I’ve also noticed that it seems to be easier to get into flow state during our highest hours of creativity.

Here’s how to start to train your flow state:

  1. Remember a time when you were in a state of flow, where you had a single-minded focus and were super productive. It may also be a memory of when you operated at peak performance when you played sport at school
  2. The feelings are the key. Recall the feelings you felt in your body when you were in that flow state
  3. Practice recalling those feelings at different times throughout your day, and especially before to sit down to do your most important work

Use and keep to a schedule

If you’re like most entrepreneurs then you’ll likely have hundreds of tasks you need to get done, but no time to do them.

The key is to schedule them.

First, schedule your days into chunks of time where you’ll be the most effective at getting different types of tasks done.

For example, if you’re really creative between 9am – 12pm then schedule all your creative tasks during these hours over the coming days.

Then, decide which tasks you can do without much thought. Those tasks can be assigned to your afternoon between say 2pm – 5pm when you come back from lunch.

For admin tasks, you can choose one day per week, say a Friday for example, where you spend the last 2-3 hours of the day getting your admin tasks done.

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Schedule breaks

Scheduling breaks is also really important. I used to schedule no breaks at all, I’d even used to eat a sandwich for lunch while I was still working. That’s really dumb.

I thought I needed to work every second of the day I had in order to get things done.

Interestingly, once I started scheduling breaks throughout my day I found I got more done, was able to get into the flow state more easily and was happier.

For lunch I now take one and a half hours and also use that time to relax and go for a walk or even have a nap if I need one

Don’t check email first thing in the morning

Similar to turning your phone on first thing in the morning, this is also another productivity killer.

Replying to emails first thing in the morning is like saying to your subconscious, “other people’s agendas are more important than mine”.

Before you know it, you’ll have spent a considerable amount of your day prioritising other people’s needs while your important tasks pile up, spill over to another day and cause you more anxiety.

I’ve still not found the perfect time for me yet to check my emails, but it’s certainly not first thing in the morning. At the moment, I’m reserving 30-45mins per day after my creative morning time and before lunch to check emails and this is definitely working better.

If there are emails that I haven’t got to check in this time period and are not urgent, they can wait until the next day.

Use online tools and automations

There are loads of great tools out there you can use to automate some of your tasks.

Some simple ones include setting up automated email replies or using the free Voice Typing feature to create lists or even write articles in Google Sheets.

There are also loads of other cool software programs that can help you with more advanced tasks.

For example, Todoist is a great software app you can use to organise all our tasks. You can also sync it with any smartphone to organise and schedule your emails for you.

IFTTT is another great app you can use in combination with all kinds of other apps to automate tasks to simplify your work as well as other areas of your life.

Here’s a great article that shows you 35 ways to automate your life with IFTTT.

Hire a VA

If you’ve not done it before then hiring a VA might not be as expensive as you think.

You can find skilled workers to do certain tasks for you at very reasonable rates.

Some good places to look to a VA for ad-hoc tasks include fiverr.com and upwork.com.

If you’re looking for a VA on a part-time or full-time basis then I highly recommend taking a look at onlinejobs.ph.

Do you need to hire a VA for copywriting? Before you do, I highly recommend you read my review of Funnel Scripts. It’s a cool software program that can write all your scripts for you and save you a ton of time and money in the process.

Final Thoughts

Keeping away from the phone the first hour of the day and during your working blocks as well as not checking your email several times a day are two of the best things you can do to improve your productivity and get stuff done.

Are there any productivity hacks for solopreneurs that are not on this list that work well for you? Let me know in the comments below.

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